Police: Thieves targeting elderly shoppers at Plant City Publix stores

Surveillance images released by the Plant City Police Department
Surveillance images released by the Plant City Police Department

PLANT CITY, Fla. (WFLA) – Plant City police are asking for help identifying a trio of thieves who’ve been targeting elderly shoppers at Publix stores.

A $3,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrests of these suspects.

Surveillance cameras recorded images of the suspects, two women and a man, who have stolen wallets from three elderly women at Publix stores in Plant City.

The suspects worked together to distract the elderly victims. “We do not know their exact roles, but one person struck up a conversation, asked the victim a question, while the other suspect removed the victim’s wallet from their shopping cart,” Plant City Police Sgt. Al Van Duyne said.

Detectives say the suspects then left Publix together and went directly to the closest CVS store to immediately use the stolen credit cards to buy gift cards, likely before the victims knew they had been.

The suspects, two females and one male, are using a full-size, Ford passenger van as their getaway vehicle.

Anyone with any information regarding the identity of the suspects and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Tampa Bay Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at http://www.crimestopperstb.com or send a mobile tip using the P3 Tips Mobile application.  Crime Stoppers must be contacted first in order to be eligible for a cash reward.

 

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