Fort Myers Publix purse thief caught on camera

CREATED Feb. 6, 2014

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FORT MYERS, Fla. - The search is on for a man who stole an elderly woman's purse after she left it in a grocery cart in a Publix at 24600 S. Tamiami Trail in Fort Myers.

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers released screen shots of the suspect.  The crime happened in the early afternoon hours of Thursday January 27th.   After leaving the store, the victim grabbed her groceries out the cart and walked to her car, accidentally leaving her purse behind. 

Within seconds, a large framed, older white male was caught on camera stealthily snatching the purse before the victim realized it was missing.  Inside the purse were numerous credit cards, cash, her cell phone and other personal documents. 

Fortunately, the cards were immediately cancelled before any harm could be done, but detectives are looking for the man who stole from the 80-year-old victim.
 
Anyone with information on the identity and whereabouts of the suspect are 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.