Vehicle thefts are on the rise again all over Columbus. PLEASE don’t leave ANYTHING of value in your vehicle no matter if it is in front of your home or at the mall. Let’s not give thieves the satisfaction of stealing from our Sharon Woods neighborhood.
2. The following Purse Snatching’s message is from Crime Stoppers & can happen anywhere.
Upper Arlington Purse Snatchings
Posted: 30 Mar 2016 06:18 PM PDT
This week’s Midweek Special focuses on a series of Felony Thefts/Purse Snatchings which took place in Columbus, Worthington, and Upper Arlington.
Between Wednesday, January 27, 2016, and Friday, February 5, 2016, a series of purse snatchings occurred at various locations of Kroger store parking lots in and around the Columbus area. All of the victims were elderly women who had just completed their shopping and were putting their purchases in their cars as unidentified subjects drove up and suddenly snatched their purses. The same suspects are believed to be involved in a number of these incidents. On January 27th, a Worthington victim’s stolen credit card was used at a Sunoco station, located at 700 E. North Broadway, to purchase gas and buy cigarettes. On January 27th and February 5th, additional incidents in Columbus occurred at the Kroger store located at 290 Crown Plaza Dr. On January 27th, one of the suspects approached the Red Box video machine, snatched the victim’s purse and ran back to his car, fleeing the area. On February 5th, the suspects drove alongside the victim in the back of the lot and snatched her purse from the shopping cart while she loaded groceries. Again, on February 5th, Upper Arlington police had a similar purse snatching from a Kroger store lot located at 1955 W. Henderson Road, which may be related. The suspects stopped alongside the victim and asked a question before snatching her purse. In this case, a female suspect was driving. Suspect #1 is described as: tall, thin, light colored beard/goatee, wearing a white hoodie, and may have neck tattoos. Suspect #2: in his 20’s, 5’9”-5’11”, medium build, short brown hair, beard, wearing a gray hoodie. Suspects’ cars are a 2010-2013 blue Chevy Impala and a black 2009-2010 Toyota Corolla. Photos of the male suspects and their cars may be viewed on our website at www.stopcrime.org.
Please be careful and if possible take a small purse with only the necessities, leave all that extra items we tend to carry at home. Don’t give thieves a large target.