A 46-year-old Danville woman gave chase to two men who grabbed her purse out of her cart in the Costco parking lot shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, while she was unloading her groceries.
"The woman had just finished shopping at Costco, she was loading her groceries, and had her purse sitting on top of the grocery cart," said Danville police Sgt. Phillip Wisotsky. "She turned back around and there were two gentlemen, one holding her purse."
She chased them east on Fosteria Way and toward the apartment complex and the Iron Horse Trail, according to reports. When she spotted them on the trail, they ducked back into the apartment complex and she lost them.
"They were last seen somewhere in the apartment complex," said Wisotsky.
Lost were a black Esprit purse containing a wallet with cash, credit cards and a driver's license.
Wisotsky said usually such purse snatches occur when women leave their purses in their carts while loading children into their vehicles. He advised women to use the safety straps designed for children to secure their purses in carts and make it more difficult for them to be taken.
"Most crimes are crimes of opportunities," he said. "People need to be aware this is the holiday season and people carry more cash. Criminals are opportunists - if you present them with an opportunity, they will take advantage of it."
This includes leaving laptops and briefcases in sight in locked vehicles, he said, noting, "We have lots of window-smash burglaries in town."