Crime Stoppers: Little Purse Thief Coaxed Into Stealing - - Jackson, MS

Jackson 08/09/08

Crime Stoppers: Little Purse Thief Coaxed Into Stealing

By David Kenney

This week Crime Stoppers needs your help catching a purse thief who you would never make out to be a criminal. The victim believes she had help and was even encouraged to lift the purse.

On August 1, this unsuspecting group walks into the Texaco gas station located at the Texaco gas station in Bovina. Darlene Wallace who works at the subway inside the gas station, didn't notice she had been taken until she looked back on the surveillance tape.

"The 19-18 year old girl told the 7, 8 or 9 year old to get my purse she got my purse when we looked at the camera she took my purse and put it in the car," said Darlene Wallace, who had her purse stolen.

Darlene had laid her purse down by the register. In the videotape you can see the little girl walk out of the store with a white purse in her hands. It doesn't belong to her.

"I was shocked, devastated, took my money, my drivers license, all my stuff was in there, it was school time had my money for my children's school stuff and they took it," Wallace added.

Darlene believes one of the three women in the white car coaxed the little girl to steal the purse. Darlene say's she's seen at least one of them in the store before, and investigators believe they've been on the wrong side of the law before.

"They looked at the CD, one of the deputies said looked like he knew the same one I saw looked like he dealt with her before."

Darlene lost over $500 of her hard earned money. She's hoping someone will recognize one of the four involved, and take the reward to bring them to justice.

"They need to go to jail for it and that's what I'm hoping this CD shows them they did do it and it's on tape and ya'll gonna pay for it."

If you have any information about the purse thieves on this tape, call crime stoppers at 355-tips, that's 355-8477.

You could receive up to a $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest in this case and remember at crime stoppers we don't need your name, just your information.

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