Police seek suspect in purse thefts at area grocery stores

Some of the thefts took place at Trader Joes at the Oakway Center.

Posted: Jun 30, 2020 10:53 AM

EUGENE, Ore. – Police are seeking the public’s help identifying a woman suspected of multiple purse thefts at local grocery stores, including Trader Joes at the Oakway Center.

Eugene Police Department Property Crimes Unit detectives have been investigating the thefts for almost a year now.

Following each theft, the thief traveled to several stores in the Eugene-Springfield area and used the stolen debit and credit cards to purchase merchandise and gift cards. The total amount of fraudulent transactions is in the several thousands of dollars.

Victims said the woman approached and distracted them away from their shopping carts while the woman or another suspect stole their purse.

Police said the suspect has been described as a dark-haired woman, 20 to 30 years old, and about 5 feet 3 inches to 5 feet 5 inches tall.

If you have any information, contact detectives at 541-682-5141.

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