Police seek woman who snatched purse 80-year-old woman accidentally left at Independence Township Kroger

Authorities are looking for a woman who grabbed a purse that was left sitting in the vestibule of Kroger in Independence Township and stole money from it.

According to the Oakland County Sheriff's Office, an 80-year-old woman sat her purse down while waiting for her ride on Sunday. When her daughter arrived to pick her up from the store at 5990 Sashabaw Rd. around 3:45 p.m., she forgot her purse on the window ledge by the door.

When the woman realized she had left her purse, her daughter went inside to get it, but it was already gone.

The daughter told the store manager, who recalled just seeing a woman walk into the women’s bathroom with a purse matching the description. The purse was found in the corner of the bathroom. The only thing missing was $100.

Surveillance video showed the thief walking into the store with a reuseable bag over her shoulder. She looked at the purse before turning around and grabbing it. Video from another surveillance camera showed the woman walking into the bathroom with two bags and leaving with only one.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 248-858-4911.