Suspect wanted for stealing purses at grocery stores

By Evrod Cassimy - bio | email

HENRICO, VA (NBC12) - A warning for women shopping in Henrico this weekend - hold on to that purse!

Police are trying to find a purse snatcher who hit twice Friday.

It happened at the Wal-Mart on Parham Road and the Food Lion on West Broad Street.

"A citizen actually stopped the suspect but the suspect did get away," said Henrico Police Sargent John Cutchin. "About 20 minutes later we had a similar incident on West Broad Street. The suspect was the same, we have him on camera."

Witnesses watched as the suspect got away in a green Toyota with the Virginia license plate KFA-4894.

The car is registered to this man, Robert Newcomb, who witnesses identified as the suspect.

The women had their purse in the shopping cart when they turned away leaving the shopping cart unattended.

That's when the suspect saw the crime of opportunity.

"I usually wear purses that don't have long straps but that can go under my armpit so I can elbow them if they try," said shopper Salina Shoulders.

Shoppers at the Food Lion we spoke with tell us they're usually careful when they shop.

Leaving your belongings unattended for even one second is enough time for you to fall victim.

"What I do is I don't carry cash. I only carry my card," said shopper Lina Herman.

None of the women were hurt during the incidents.

Henrico police attempted to contact Newcomb at his home but were unable to locate him.

His green Toyota had bumper stickers on the back.

If you have any information about Robert Newcomb's whereabouts you're asked to call Henrico Police at 501-5000.

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