Thief steals purse from car in Burholme

Sur­veil­lance im­age of the sus­pect.

An op­por­tun­ist­ic thief grabbed a wo­man’s purse from the front seat of her un­at­ten­ded and un­locked car in a Burholme park­ing lot last month, but po­lice now have im­ages of the un­known crook.

In­vest­ig­at­ors on Fri­day pos­ted video of the crime on the Phil­adelphia Po­lice De­part­ment’s You­ chan­nel. The theft oc­curred on June 23 at 5:09 a.m. at 800 Cottman Ave., near the Ry­ers train sta­tion, while the vic­tim was shop­ping in­side a nearby store. The video shows the thief sit­ting in­side a four-door Ca­dillac sedan as the vic­tim left her vehicle un­at­ten­ded. The thief then moved his vehicle next to the vic­tim’s car, ex­ited his car, opened the vic­tim’s door, grabbed her purse and fled the area.

Po­lice de­scribed the thief as white, 30 to 40 years old, bald, with a stocky build and wear­ing a T-shirt with shorts. His car was de­scribed as a 2006-2008 tan Ca­dillac sedan.

Vis­it the Phil­adelphia Po­lice You­ chan­nel to view the video. Call 215-686-TIPS or text to PPD TIP to re­port in­form­a­tion. ••

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