Man caught on camera stealing purse at Publix

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LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a man who went grocery shopping last weekend, but ended up leaving the store with nothing but a stolen red purse in hand.

The victim was shopping at the Publix grocery store, located on Gladiolus Drive, last Sunday morning. Police say she left her purse in the grocery cart while she browsed at several items.

That’s when the male suspect quickly grabbed the purse and walked out the door with it.

The victim immediately notified store managers, who were able to capture an image of the man walking out of the store with the stolen hand bag, which contained credit cards, cash and keys.

The suspect is described as being around 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing approximately 170 pounds, balding and sporting several tattoos.

“What’s unnerving about this case is the fact that this individual not only stole her personal belongings, but he also has possession of her identification, which indicates where she lives, as well as the keys to her home,” said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator.

Anyone with information on the identity and whereabouts of the purse thief is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).  All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.  Tips may also be made online at or by texting a tip to CRIMES (274637) Keyword: REWARD.

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