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Surveillance video captures purse theft from car

The theft happened Saturday at 8:30 p.m. at a Shell Gas Station on South Main Street in Moultrie. The theft happened Saturday at 8:30 p.m. at a Shell Gas Station on South Main Street in Moultrie.
Investigators believe the man left in a tan Buick made in the late 90s or mid 2000s. Investigators believe the man left in a tan Buick made in the late 90s or mid 2000s.
Investigator David Jones with Moultrie Police Investigator David Jones with Moultrie Police
MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) -

Police are asking for the public's help to find a man who was caught on camera stealing a woman's purse out of her car.

The video shows a man easily open a car door and take a woman's purse before getting back into his own car.

"It looks like it could've just been a crime of opportunity," said Investigator David Jones with Moultrie Police. "He looked over and saw that nobody was around. Saw the purse laying in there with the door unlocked." 

The theft happened Saturday at 8:30 p.m. at a Shell Gas Station on South Main Street.

Video from the store showed a mother and her son getting out of their car to go inside.  Moments later the man parks beside her, before going into the store.

In the surveillance video, the man is seen having a friendly conversation with a woman and her son at the counter.

As they leave to go towards the gaming machines, the man purchases an item and makes his way out of the store, taking his time before opening the car door to take the purse filled with cash and prescriptions.

He then casually drives away. Investigators believe the man left in a tan Buick made in the late 90s or mid 2000s.

"We are tracking down any of those vehicles that we come in contact with," said Investigator Jones.

Officials are looking to review more surveillance footage and hope you can recognize the man and help them put him behind bars.

"Somebody knows who he is and we sure would like to know the identity of him," added Investigator Jones.

Moultrie Police are also urging drivers to make sure their vehicles are locked.

Anyone who recognizes the man in the surveillance video is asked to call Moultrie Police. 

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