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Shopper's purse stolen after accidentally leaving it behind
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Winter Haven, Florida -- Winter Haven Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a woman who stole a purse from a shopper who accidentally left it in a shopping buggy.

Officers say on July 14, around 3:30 p.m., the woman was in line at the Publix store in the 1300 block of 6th St. NW when another woman accompanied by a younger woman and a young man got behind her with a cart full of groceries.

The woman had her green Guess purse in the seat of the cart behind her as she paid for her groceries. Officers then saw in the surveillance video, the shopper behind her in line started leaning on the woman's cart, obviously claiming it as her own. The woman then left the store without her cart, or her purse.

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As the suspect had her groceries loaded up on the belt, she pushed the cart forward just enough for the clerk to begin loading the bagged items inside. A second man approached the cart and took possession of the cart while the suspect continued her transaction.

The four ultimately left the store with their groceries inside of the cart originally containing the woman's purse. The first man who was in line with the suspect and the younger woman pushed the suspect's cart out containing one item. Once reaching the door, they unloaded the one item and left the store with the groceries inside the cart containing the woman's purse.

The suspect is described as a white female, late 30's - 40 years old, heavyset with long blonde hair in a ponytail, approximately 5'3" wearing a white shirt, tan Capri pants and a white purse. The suspect and the others got into a dark colored van or SUV.

Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect or any of the people with her is asked to contact Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477). You can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a CASH reward.

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