photo from surveillance video, courtesy Concord Police Department

Dec 11, 2015 2:26 PM

Concord police investigating purse snatching outside Walmart

CONCORD – Police are looking for a suspect who yanked a purse off a woman's arm outside the Walmart on Loudon Road.

The woman told police she had just finished shopped and went to meet her 13-year-old grandson outside the exit around 7:25 p.m. on Thursday. Together they walked to the car and she loaded the Christmas gifts in the back.

As she was putting the gifts in the car, she said a white male wearing a hooded sweatshirt ran by her and grabbed her purse, which was over her forearm.

The suspect then ran away from her towards the Major Brands Appliance Store. The victim said the suspect appeared to be running toward a car that was waiting for him there.

The grandson described the suspect as in his 20s or 30s, roughly 6-feet tall and weighing about 160 to 180 pounds. He said the suspect was skinny and his clothes hung off him. He had a scruffy beard, light brown or light orange in color, and was wearing a navy blue hooded sweatshirt and saggy blue jeans with white Nike shoes.

The purse was later recovered approximately 1.5 miles away, near Rymes Propane. Police say the suspect appears to have removed only a small quantity of cash, leaving behind credit cards and gift cards.

Officers spoke to some witnesses who reported seeing the suspect loitering around near the doors of Walmart for approximately one hour. He could be seen smoking during this time. Police also say the suspect may have followed several other unsuspecting shoppers prior to this incident.

This incident came only a day after a separate incident at the Shaw’s Supermarket also on the Heights, when a woman reported her purse was snatched from the shopping cart outside the store as she turned to answer her phone. The purse is described as a medium-sized black leather purse with a worn leather strap and broken zipper. No suspect information is available at this time.

The Concord police do not know if these incidents are related however are looking into that possibility.

Concord police remind citizens to remain vigilant during the holiday shopping season and to lock all vehicles and homes while unattended. There have been other reports of Christmas gifts/merchandise stolen from unlocked vehicles parked within the city.

Concord police have recovered video surveillance related to the incident at Walmart on Dec. 10. Police are asking that if anyone can recognize the person depicted in the attached photo that they please call the Concord Regional Crimeline at 226-3100, or submit information online to the website at:

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