Crossville Police warn women about purse thefts

Crossville Police warn women about purse thefts

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"I've been shaken up real good. She took everything I had," Margie said. "I've been shaken up real good. She took everything I had," Margie said.
"We have people in the parking lots looking for easy prey," said Det. Bill Padgett. "We have people in the parking lots looking for easy prey," said Det. Bill Padgett.

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

CROSSVILLE (WATE) – Crossville Police are asking women to watch their purses a little closer.

Several older women have reported their purses stolen in the last week or so. Most of the crimes have happened in store parking lots.

"I was holding on to my buggy. I was putting my groceries in," explained Margie Pritchett, telling us what she was doing as her purse sat in her shopping cart.

Pritchett said the theft happened fast, right after she finished shopping at Dollar General.

"About the time I looked up, the girl grabbed my purse out. She was laughing at me and took off," she said.

Crossville Police said most of the recent victims were either looking away from their purses or had a purse locked inside a car during a shopping trip when they were targeted.

"We have people in the parking lots looking for easy prey," said Det. Bill Padgett.

Margie believes she was being watched during her shopping trip.

Det. Padgett said it's tough to tell if all the recent crimes are connected, but he said women need to be wary.

"You do not want to leave that purse unattended for even a second," he said.

Margie had her cash, credit cards and identification stolen. Most of all, she said, she's lost her peace of mind.

"I've been shaken up real good. She took everything I had," Margie said.

Police say they have a few leads in the case, but because there's so little evidence, these crimes are typically tough to solve.

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