The surveillance video shows the suspects, described only as middle-aged Hispanic women, sizing up the victim, which in this instance was a mother with her 23-month-old toddler in a stroller, Los Angeles police Lt. Paul Vernon said. The video shows the woman’s husband standing nearby.
One woman distracts the mother and blocks her from seeing her partner approach the stroller and grab a wallet, Vernon said.
“We’ve identified a trend in these kind of thefts over the last several months, and we want shoppers to be more aware,” Vernon said.
Detectives suspect the women live in the area, anyone recognizing them can call Detective Mike Mazzacano at (213) 972-1231, or Crimestoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.
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