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Suspects steal Gwinnett Publix shopper’s wallet as woman distracts her

Gwinnett County police are trying to identify three suspects who worked together to steal a 75-year-old woman’s wallet at Publix. 

The theft was captured on surveillance video. One of the suspects had a conversation with the victim while the two other suspects circled behind the victim.

The male suspect removed the victim’s wallet from her purse and put it in a shopping cart that was being pushed by the third suspect. The woman’s wallet held items including $57 in cash, a real estate license and a Medicaid card, a police report says.


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The theft took place at the Publix location at 4850 Sugarloaf Parkway in Lawrenceville.

The suspect who distracted the woman appeared to be between 20 and 25 years old, between 5-foot-2 and 5-foot-5-inches tall and approximately 125 lbs. The man who too the wallet was described as between 50 and 55 years old, 180 to 225 lbs. and about 5 feet 10 inches tall. The woman who was pushing the cart in which the wallet was placed is described as a “young” adult between 5-foot-2 and 5-foot-5-inches tall and weighing about 140 lbs. 

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Gwinnett County detectives at 770-513-5300 or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477. Crime Stoppers tips may be rewarded with up to $2,000 if they lead to an arrest or indictment.


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