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Purse snatched from shopper in parking lot at Publix in Boca Raton

Woman was putting groceries in her car
Posted: 7:38 AM, Feb 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-15 07:51:58-05
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BOCA RATON, Fla. — Police in Boca Raton are warning shoppers to be aware of their surroundings after two recent purse snatchings, including one in a Publix parking lot.

The most recent theft occurred Wednesday afternoon in the parking lot of the Palmetto Park Square shopping plaza located at 1279 W Palmetto Park Rd.

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Police said the victim left Publix and was putting groceries in her car just before 4 p.m.

As she walked to the front of her car to get inside, she said a man began running toward her and grabbed her purse. The woman was not hurt.

Investigators said the thief then ran, got into the back of a car and fled the area.

A witness said he saw the purse snatcher get into a rust color Nissan Altima, which left the parking lot and turned west on Palmetto Park Road.

The robber is described as a black man about 18 to 21 years old, around 6 feet tall, wearing dark pants and a gray sweatshirt.

Purse Snatching on Feb. 8

Boca Raton detectives believe this incident may be related to a purse theft that occurred in the same plaza on Feb. 8.

In that case, police said a purse was taken from a woman’s shopping cart while she was loading groceries.

Anyone with information about these cases should call Detective Hanley at 561-338-1344.