St Johns County Sergeant Michael Strausbaugh is asking Historic City News readers for assistance identifying two women, caught on surveillance video, in the act of stealing a woman’s purse from a baby stroller in the GAP Outlet located at 2700 SR-16 in St Augustine.
Working as an apparent team, one of the women distracted the victim — while the other snatched the victim’s purse. The victim and her family were shopping at St. Augustine Outlet Mall and the GAP store on Thursday, August 8th at 4:15 p.m. when the theft occurred.
“The accomplice kept the victim distracted while the thief removed $16 in cash and an I-Phone valued at about $250,” Strausbaugh told local reporters. “The victim’s purse was located after the crime; it had been discarded on one of the merchandise displays in an aisle nearby.”
The criminals can be clearly seen in the video. One was wearing dark blue pants, a white blouse, tennis shoes, and had long dark hair. The second was wearing a long white print dress, black sweater a dark ball cap with white sandals.
Anyone with information concerning the identity of these individuals is asked to contact Sergeant Strausbaugh at the St Johns County Sheriff’s Office at (904) 209-2141. You can remain anonymous and possibly be eligible for a cash reward by calling CrimeStoppers of Northeast Florida at 1-(888) 277-TIPS (8477).