Purse theft filmed in Paradise Valley
The man could be seen on camera rummaging through the victim’s purse and stealing her wallet.
PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. — Olivia Brown was in town to visit family and had her first time in an Italian neighborhood in Paradise Valley.
She had walked away from her mother and her friend to go to the bathroom, so her mother picked up the purse and placed it on the back of the bar stool.
It was then that the surveillance video of Nick is Italian in Paradise Valley shows a bar patron stealing Brown’s wallet directly from her purse.
“It’s an extension of me and it’s very personal. The guy had a better angle so he was able to grab and grab my wallet and then pay his bill with my money,” she said.
Brown did not notice the theft until the next day.
“I got a text that said, ‘Someone tried to tap your card at Whole Foods’ and I was like, ‘I haven’t been to Whole Foods’. I looked in my purse. hand and I was like, ‘Oh my god, I don’t have my wallet,'” she added.
She contacted the restaurant hoping security footage would help her figure out when he was missing.
“I turned on my cameras, thinking it was going to be a long time, but of course within two minutes I saw the guy stealing his wallet from his purse,” general manager Jason Brody told 12 News.
The Phoenix Police Department said this case and others like it serve as a reminder to stay vigilant when it comes to your personal property.
“You can never be too careful, especially with the way things are today, we have our IDs in our wallets and people can use them to steal your identity, it’s not just the money that people are interested in these days,” said Sgt. said Andy Williams.
Brody added that the guy seen on video paid cash for his two beers and left.
Meanwhile, Brown hopes to get her wallet back which was a birthday present, but no matter what, she will never be a victim again.
“Prevention is better than cure,” she said. “If you don’t want it taken from you, just take it with you to the bathroom, it will save you a lot of trouble.”
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