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Roseville police seek help identifying alleged ‘purse pirates’

A surveillance photo shows a man accused of taking a woman’s wallet from her purse at a Roseville restaurant.
A surveillance photo shows a man accused of taking a woman’s wallet from her purse at a Roseville restaurant. Surveillance photo provided by Roseville Police Department

Roseville police are asking the public’s help in identifying three men suspected of cooperating to pluck a woman’s wallet from her purse at a local restaurant.

Police released surveillance photos of the men sought in connection with the Feb. 21 theft. The man shown wearing a hat sat behind the victim, who was seated in the restaurant with her purse slung over the back of her chair. The other two men came in a few minutes afterward and may have acted as lookouts, according to a Police Department news release.

Police say the man in the hat scooted his table and chair closer to the woman, then reached into her purse and took her wallet.

The woman’s credit cards were subsequently used at an area store to make thousands of dollars in purchases, police said.

Anyone who recognizes the men in the surveillance photos is asked to call Nina Shaull, community services officer investigator, at 916-746-1069 and refer to Roseville Police Department case No. 16-11363.

Police remind people not to hang a purse over the back of a chair in public place. Instead, close it securely and place it in your lap or on top of your feet, and never leave it unattended.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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