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Purse snatchers target grocery store shoppers

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - The Idaho Falls Police Department says purse snatchers are targeting grocery store shoppers.

Earlier this month, they had two separate reports of people's wallets being stolen.

Police say this is not an uncommon crime, but it has happened more often this month.

IFPD says they aren't sure it the thefts are connected with the suspect, but in each occasion, the purses were left in a cart that was unattended.

Police call this a crime of opportunity.

"We don't know at this time whether or not these crimes are committed by the same people, but we do know that this type of a situation is a perfect opportunity for a criminal who's looking for an easy target," Jessica Clements, Public Information Officer said. "And here's just more of that opportunistic type of criminal. We don't."

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Ariel Schroeder

Ariel is a reporter for Local News 8 and KIDK Eyewitness News 3.



  1. I see women doing this quite often in stores. They walk away from the cart and leave a large purse in the baby seat. Surprised it does not happen more often.

  2. “We don’t not.”
    ‘Don’t not’ what? Use PROOFREADERS?
    I doubt VERY much that ‘Public Information’ personnel would proffer a three-word sentence which STILL manages a double negative.

  3. Regarding the purse snatching story: I am in need of a shoulder replacement so it is difficult to carry my purse and shop at the same time. IF I find that I don’t want to carry it, I either: lock it in the car out of sight or I get a cart with a baby belt and weave the straps through my purse handles making it impossible to grab unless they take the whole cart. Then, I discreetly keep my coat over it with the first few items I buy going on top. OBVIOUSLY this only works if your purse is all zipped and closed properly.

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