A St. Albert woman is warning the public after her phone and credit cards were taken from her vehicle in the Superstore parking lot while she was returning her shopping cart.
On Friday, Nov. 24 at around 8 p.m. Ann Rush had just finished getting her groceries at Superstore and while she was returning her shopping cart to the cart corral her wallet and phone were stolen. Rush said that she was probably gone for less than one minute returning her cart.
“I was parked five or six parking spots away from the kiosk where you put your cart,” Rush said.
Rush got back in her vehicle and didn’t notice anything weird. She made it all the way home before she noticed her personal items were missing. Rush used a “find your phone” application to try to locate her phone and it showed her phone still at Superstore.
Rush went back to the parking lot to search for her items and checked inside the store, but couldn’t find them. She also was unable to locate her phone.
By 9:30 p.m. Rush gave up the search and returned home to call and cancel her credit cards. When she phoned her bank she was notified that three transactions had already been made on her accounts.
The thieves or thief spent $80 dollars on her credit card at a 7-Eleven store and then made two purchases on her debit card worth $55 each.
“If they’re thinking they’ve got a good thing going on it could happen to somebody else,” Rush said.
Rush estimates she had to spend $500 to $600 to replace all of her missing items.
On Tuesday Dec. 5 at around 4:45 p.m. another woman had her purse stolen from her vehicle when she was putting her shopping cart away.
The woman told RCMP that the person who stole her purse fled in a blue car, but she was not able to give a description of the thief.
The RCMP is warning residents to be cautious in store parking lots. Thieves have been known to prey on shoppers returning their shopping carts and leaving their purse or wallet in the unlocked vehicle.
RCMP say that women with younger children who are loading up their vehicle with groceries and kids are also the victims of purse thefts from cars. The thief will take the purse from the front seat area when the doors are unlocked or ajar.
The police are suggesting to the public to consider bringing your purse with you and securing/locking your vehicle while returning the cart.
Efforts to identify and arrest the suspects continue. Anyone with information about these or any other crimes is asked to contact St. Albert RCMP at 780-458-7700 or the Morinville RCMP at 780-939-4550. Anonymous tips can be provided to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or at www.tipsubmit.com.