Wallet thief targers elderly woman at Fort Myers Publix

CREATED Feb. 12, 2014

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FORT MYERS, Fla. - Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a young man who snatched a wallet accidentally left behind at a grocery store.

The crook wasted no time charging up fraudulent purchases.

Detectives say the woman was in the check out line in the Publix at 15880 Summerlin Road when she pulled out her wallet to pay for groceries.  The 81-year-old left the wallet behind when she left the store. 

The victim recalled a suspicious looking young man behind her in line, and described him as a white male in his late teens or early 20s, approximately 6’0”, 165-170 pounds with a thin build.  Inside the wallet was cash, credit cards and other personal information. 

However before the cards could be cancelled, they were used by the young man at a nearby Racetrac, where he made two separate purchases, then paid for gas to fuel up a white or silver Kia Optima.
Surveillance cameras captured the young man making the fraudulent purchases with the victim’s credit cards, and now Crime Stoppers hopes someone can put a name and location with the suspect’s face.  Anyone with information on the identity of the young man 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.