Thief Steals Purse From 82-Year-Old Woman on Scooter, Suspect Still on the Loose

September 18, 2017 Updated: December 12, 2017

Southern California authorities are looking for a female thief caught on camera stealing a purse from an elderly woman.

Surveillance footage of the incident shows the suspect snatched the purse of an 82-year-old woman shopping for groceries. The elderly woman who was using a motorized scooter had placed her purse in the scooter as she was grabbing an item from a shelf.

The suspect then walks away with the purse in her hands as the victim remains oblivious. The victim’s name has not been released yet.

Burbank Police said the robbery took place on Sept. 12 at about 10:45 am at a Ralphs store located at 2600 W. Victory Blvd. in the City of Burbank, California.

Video of the robbery can be seen here:

The suspect was also captured leaving Ralphs in an older 4-door white sedan with chrome rims. Police said the vehicle could be an older model Lexus GS.

As of Monday, Sept. 18, the suspect had still not been caught.

A short time after the theft, the purse was found dumped near the intersection of Buena Vista St. and Vanowen St.

But the victim’s credit cards, ID, and money were all missing from the purse.

Police then learned that the victim’s credit cards were used to make expensive purchases at Target and Lowes at the Burbank Empire Center.

“The suspect is described as an African American female, 20-30 years old, about 5’5″ to 5’8″, 110-130 pounds, with brown hair in a ponytail. The suspect was wearing a black t-shirt, ripped blue jeans with black leggings underneath, and black shoes,” police said in a Facebook post.

Authorities are urging the public to help identify who the suspect is.

Anyone with information about this suspect is asked to call the Burbank Police Department Investigations Division, at (818) 238-3210. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 MOBILE APP,” or through their website, at