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Police: Thieves target elderly shoppers
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Police: Thieves target elderly shoppers




Wilson police are looking for a pair of thieves who steal from elderly people as they shop.

Detectives released surveillance video images of two women who police say stole an 82-year-old woman’s wallet at Walmart recently and used her credit card while she was still in the store. Police are seeking the public’s help to identify the women.

Thieves often steal cash and credit cards from women’s purses placed in shopping carts when the women walk away or become distracted, police said.

"It’s really important that everyone makes sure their wallets and purses are close to them at all times,” said Wilson police spokesman John Slaughter.

Slaughter said purses and wallets left in cars should be placed out of sight and car doors should be locked.

Images from store surveillance video show two African-American women wearing blue jeans and black coats. One has long, curly hair and the other is shown wearing a knit cap.

Detective Don Piccini said the women are going to various businesses and targeting elderly people.

Anyone with information on the women’s identity is asked to call the Wilson Police Department at 399-2323 or Crime Stoppers at 243-2255.
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Concerned said...

Racist is not an issue in this story at all! The women chose to do this to the elderly woman. Can't help their skin color, but no one or the article has made a racist statement! They are African American heartless, lazy, thieving bums!!

Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 2:36 PM
To the WDT said...

What did they buy while in the store?

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 7:27 AM
Racism?!?? said...

Who are the racist...? The Wilson Times, for printing the pictures of the suspects(who are african american). A picture is worth a thousand words.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 7:41 PM
Cut the racism; deal with the issue said...

Many people steal when tempted (white collar theft in schools, offices, etc., happens all the time). I was a victim when caring for my elderly father...had my purse on the back seat of the van (sliding door open) opposite from where I was standing and actually saw two young teenagers passing by. I was in front of the church, no less, and truly wanted to trust these kids. I looked at them and turned my back to put my dad in his wheelchair. Yep, they grabbed my bag and ran. I was the stupid one to trust these kids. I could've easily closed the van door (had the key with button to do it in my hand) - but I felt that would send a message that I don't trust young people. Doesn't matter the color of skin - a good many people don't have a value system that the rest of us share. I learned my lesson the hard way. But I am continually surprised at the women I see in stores who leave their purses unattended in shopping carts all the time. It only takes seconds for that purse to disappear! Buy a shoulder bag, keep it closed and have one hand on your bag at all times. And unfortunately, it's not wise to be a trusting person.

Monday, December 10, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Typical said...

These poor woman probaly had a terrible childhood and surely you don't expect them to stand in line for one of the many free handouts this town offers. put them under the jail, that is if "slick willie" lucas has closed it down without notice.

Sunday, December 09, 2012 at 1:45 PM
East wilson said...

Just head to east wilson, I'm sure you'll find em.

Sunday, December 09, 2012 at 11:12 PM CURTIS said...

AGREE WITH "OLD TIMER".....WITH ALL THE DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY IN THIS MODERN TIME, WHY IN THE WORLD DONT THESE BUSINESSES HAVE A CAMERA THAT CAN TAKE A PHOTO/VIDEO THAT IS NOT BLURRED??? THEY ARE PAYING FOR SOMETHING THAT IS NOT WORTH SQUAT.

Saturday, December 08, 2012 at 6:09 PM spartanburg still reading said...

what kind of car is that the thugs are driving?..Hope they are caught!!!

Friday, December 07, 2012 at 9:01 AM said...

I use to wonder why people had to go to hell. WEll....!!!!!!!!!!!!NOW I KNOW.!!!!

Friday, December 07, 2012 at 7:02 AM Old Timer said...

Hard pressed to know how anyone looks like
in that blurry photo,why in this sophisticated digital age don't we get better and sharper photos
and videos?.
Anyway it's pretty morally low & selfish to have to do this to old folks.

Friday, December 07, 2012 at 10:57 PM
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