Two purse snatchings in two weeks. Police say thieves are targeting women over 70. However, there's a silver lining in all this: they now have photos of the suspect from Medford's most recent case.
Picking up purses. "I'm being more cautious now," says Dottie Stewart after learning that local thieves are targeting older women, stealing their purses in broad daylight.
Police tell us, two thefts occurred in the last two weeks, the latest on Wednesday at the North Fred Meyer. "We had a 74 year old gal loading groceries in the car, she put her purse in the cart right next to her. A man drove by in his car, reached out with his hand and grabbed her purse out of the cart, and sped off," says Medford Police Department Sgt. Brent Mak.
The other incident, occurring at an 86 year olds home. Her cash and credit cards taken from her purse sitting on the front porch.
"It's pretty brazen," continues Mak.
Still, police say there's good news, they can track the suspects.
"Even if they cancel the credit card immediately, we can track any time they try to use a card."
And shortly after Wednesday's theft, security photos caught the alleged Fred Meyer purse snatcher on camera. "There were two attempts at Walmart almost an hour later," Mak tells us. Police say they're now well on their way to catching this suspect.
And for Stewart, she's says it's an important reminder for women. "Just now I thought I'd put my purse in here first, where no one can just grab it. " A reminder when shopping to load the purse first.
If you have any information your asked to call Medford Police at 541-774-2209.