A pair of thieves struck for the third time in about a month in Turlock, snatching a woman's purse Tuesday as she was loading groceries into her vehicle. Only this time, Turlock police have surveillance video and are asking the public to help find the thieves.
The latest purse-snatching occurred at a grocery store parking lot in the 2100 block of Fulkerth Road. Investigators used the store's surveillance video to spot the two thieves in a white Dodge Neon with no rear license plate and missing left front hubcap, according to a police news release.
Police described the thieves in the three incidents as a white teenage male and a white teenage female. The two have used the same method for stealing purses in each crime: One drives the car up to the victim and the passenger reaches out to snatch the purse.
The first purse-snatching occurred shortly after 2 p.m. Jan. 12 at a grocery store in the 2900 block of North Tegner Road. The second purse-snatching occurred about 5 p.m. Feb. 2 at a grocery store in the 1800 block of Countryside Drive.
Police are encouraging shoppers to put their purses and other valuables in their vehicles before loading their groceries.
Police ask anyone with information about these robberies to call the Turlock police Investigations Bureau at 664-7334 or Crime Stoppers at 521-4636. Tipsters can e-mail tips through the Crime Stoppers Web site, www.modestopolice.com/CrimeStoppers, or text tips to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus a message. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward.