Thieves steal old women’s wallets in Goleta

June 29, 2015
Suspects accused of stealing a 77-year-old's wallet

Suspects accused of stealing a 77-year-old’s wallet

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for thieves who have been targeting elderly women in Goleta.

On one occasion, two women teamed up to steal a 77-year-old woman’s wallet, surveillance footage shows. In separate instances, a man stole the purses belonging to an 82-year-old woman and a 78-year-old, according to the sheriff’s office. The suspects used techniques to distract the victims in all three of the cases.

Around 1:30 p.m. on June 22, two female suspects entered the Ralph’s grocery store in the 5100 block of Hollister Avenue. The two women wandered the aisles of the store in search of a victim.

When they found the 77-year-old woman, one of the suspects talked to the victim while the other stole her wallet from her purse. The purse was in the victim’s shopping cart at the time.

The suspects then left the store and walked into the parking lot.

Suspect accused of using stolen credit card

Suspect accused of using stolen credit card

About 20 minutes later, a third female suspect entered a Walgreen’s in Goleta and used the victim’s credit card to purchase a $500 gift card, as well as a gift bag and a greeting card. The suspect attempted to purchase a second gift card, but the transaction was declined.

A Good Samaritan found the victim’s driver’s license in a nearby parking lot and sent it to her in the mail.

On June 4, a Hispanic male stole the 82-year-old woman’s purse in the parking lot of Albertson’s in the 5700 block of Calle Real. The suspect warned the woman while she was backing out of a parking space that she was about to hit a water bottle.

The woman got out of her car to inspect the water bottle. The man then reached into her car and took her purse.

On June 18, a Hispanic man approached the 78-year-old woman while she was sitting in her car in the 5800 block of Calle Real. The man asked the woman to move her car in order to make space for him.

The victim refused. At that point, the suspect opened the passenger door, stole the woman’s tote bag and ran away.

The woman said she saw the suspect pick up a water bottle from under her rear tire prior to fleeing.

The suspects are sought for burglary, grand theft, conspiracy and credit card fraud. The sheriff’s office asks that anyone who has information about the cases call (805) 681-4100.

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10 Comments

  1. fishing village says:

    Sometimes is feels like thieves are lurking everywhere. I have had 2 wallets stolen. It is a dastardly act and ends up costing people, elderly women in this case, a terrible lot of trouble. Replacing documents is not easy. We all need to be alert, be aware of strangers ‘chatting’ with us. (sad really), but that is the way it is!! Be careful in shopping centers. Perhaps we need plain clothes policeman/women walking around our shopping areas.

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  2. Gsan says:

    Hmmm …
    Could it be that Donald trump was right?
    Mexico is not sending their best folks here?

    (17) 23 Total Votes - 20 up - 3 down
    • zaphod says:

      “Mexico” is not sending anyone here that I am aware of. Maybe they saw that lady with a lamp and thought it was left on for them. We are an oligarchy now, we should pull down that statue before more folk get the wrong idea about US

      (-7) 19 Total Votes - 6 up - 13 down
  3. indigo1955 says:

    Soul-less bitches.

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  4. womanwhohasbeenthere says:

    It is so sad to see these elderly people being targeted. This brings back a sad memory from many years ago, when my grandmother and aunt were robbed in a popular shopping area. The thieves knocked them over and stole their purses. It was so traumatizing for both of them. No one was ever caught but they never went shopping there again.

    (16) 16 Total Votes - 16 up - 0 down
  5. HarryMalone says:

    So when you purchase a $500 gift card with a credit card the Clerk doesn’t ask for ID?

    (23) 23 Total Votes - 23 up - 0 down
    • Luv2Ryd says:

      Why would they unless the back of the credit card states “See I.D.?”

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  6. aft50s says:

    There is not many things worse than a thief in my book, but someone who would steal from an elderly person is just a plain POS.

    I hope they catch these people and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law, which actually has a chance of happening, since this crime did not take place in SLO County, where plea bargaining seems to be the norm these days.

    (37) 37 Total Votes - 37 up - 0 down
    • r0y says:

      You never know, these low-life thieves may feel like they are victims themselves! I hear that excuse is going around. Again.

      (14) 20 Total Votes - 17 up - 3 down
    • Rambunctious says:

      Good advise for people that steal from grandma…do not let me catch you in the act.

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