Purse Thefts from Vehicles on Rise

Police are seeing a jump in the number of purse thefts throughout the north metro area, including Arvada.

The suspect(s) in the cases targets women who are gassing-up at filling stations. When the victim leaves her vehicle with credit card in hand to begin the transaction, the suspect pulls alongside the female's car and removes her purse from the victim's unlocked, passenger-side door in just a split second.

While most incidents have occurred at gas stations, there was a case at an Arvada Good Will store where the suspect distracted an elderly female victim by telling her she had a door ajar.  When she turned to look, he reached in and swiped her purse from inside her car.

Police advise everyone, not just women, to be alert when they are exiting or entering their cars. If something seems suspicious, report it to police right away.

Another tip is to always lock your car door whether you're driving or leaving your vehicle, even if it's just for a few minutes to fill-up your gas tank.

Arvada has had three reports of these types of purse snatches since February, 2010.

If anyone has information to help catch the suspects in these thefts, please contact Det. Mike Touchton at 720-898-6727.

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