Constable investigators seek help in locating purse snatcher In Memorial
Investigators are seeking the public’s help in locating a suspect in a string of purse-snatchings in the Memorial area.
Precinct 5 Constable Ted Heap’s Office released a sketch of a suspect who has allegedly snatched purses on multiple occasions in the Memorial area over the last few months.
“The suspect and a female accomplice have been known to target their victims during the day in grocery store parking lots, following them to more remote locations, and then stealing their purses,” Heap’s office reported in a news release.
According to investigators, in one case an “81-year-old woman was followed to her home in the 13000 block of Queensbury, where the suspect waited until the victim exited her car, then ran up to her and forcefully grabbed her purse, knocking the victim to the ground. The suspect then sped away in a late-model black Dodge Charger with fake temporary plates.”
Security cameras captured the suspect and his accomplice on camera entering a nearby discount department store and trying to use the victim’s stolen credit cards.
In a recent case, “a woman and her two children were followed from a grocery store parking lot to a nearby business in the 14200 block of Memorial. When the victim entered the building there, the suspect broke into her car and stole her purse, speeding away in the same black Charger despite the victim’s efforts to stop them.”
Precinct 5 investigators, with the help of forensic artist Lois Gibson, put together a sketch of the primary suspect, a black male with close-cropped hair in his 20s or early 30s. He and a black female with long black hair in her 20s or early 30s may be responsible for other such thefts carried out in a similar manner.
If you recognize this suspect or the vehicle, Heap asks you to contact Investigator L. Lizcano at 281-463-6666 or make contact through the online crime tips webpage at https://constablepct5.com/index.php/online-crime-tips.