Shopping Basket Bandit strikes Cypress HEB

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CYPRESS TEXAS — Constable Ted Heap is asking for the public’s help identifying a woman caught on surveillance video stealing a designer pocketbook from a grocery shopper’s basket, right in front of the victim’s toddler.

The theft occurred on Friday, January 18, at a grocery store in the 9700 block of Fry Road.  As the victim turns her back to her daughter sitting in the shopping cart, the thief, who has been following the victim, makes her move.  She casually walks between the victim and her basket, reaches around the toddler, steals the victim’s pocketbook and walks directly out of the store.

The victim, a Cypress resident, notices shortly afterwards that her wallet is missing and reports it to customer service.  Security video captured the theft as well as images of the suspect waiting in line at the manager’s desk before she began following her victim.

The suspect is described as a heavyset black female, between 25-35 years old, with long black hair and a Nike headband.  On the day of the crime, she was wearing a yellow t-shirt with a black and white sweater tied around her waist.  She is carrying a black purse and wearing socks but no shoes.  The suspect left the store in a white Chevy Impala with damage to the driver side fender and hood.

If you recognize this suspect or have any information that might help with the investigation of this crime, Constable Heap asks you to call Investigator L. Longshore at 281-463-6666 or let us know through our online crime tips webpage:

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