Police Search for Man Who Allegedly Stole Purses from Cars Parked in Lot of Weston FL Preschool

Purse Snatching in Weston FloridaPolice are looking for a man accused of stealing purses from several cars parked outside a preschool in Weston, Florida.

According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the suspect committed the thefts in the parking lot of St. Paul Lutheran Church. The church is located at 580 Indian Trace in Weston FL.

While conducting an investigation into the thefts, Broward detectives obtained surveillance video from outside the church. The surveillance video footage reportedly shows the suspect first approaching a white Nissan Pathfinder.

At the time of the first robbery, a mother and her child were getting inside their vehicle. Remarkably, the suspect appears to help the woman unlock the door to the car before grabbing her purse and running away.

Then, in less than a minute, the suspect stole three more purses from other cars which were parked in the lot.

According to police, the suspect got into a black Chrysler Town & Country Minivan and drove away.

Sometime after the thefts, the suspect allegedly used the personal information of one of the victims and tried to open a bank account. Thankfully, the fraud was noticed before it was too late.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office is still actively investigating the thefts. However, detectives have yet to identify a suspect in the case.

If police are eventually able to identify and locate the suspect, he would likely be charged with petit theft and robbery by sudden snatching. Moreover, he would be subject to significant criminal penalties. As set forth by Section 812.131 of the Florida criminal code, robbery by sudden snatching is typically classified as a third degree felony. A conviction on third degree robbery by sudden snatching charges could result in a sentence of up to 5 years in Florida State Prison.

Investigators have asked for the public’s help in identifying the suspect. Anyone with information about the suspect or the thefts is asked to contact Broward Crime Stoppers by calling 954-493-TIPS.

For further information about this case, view the Local10.com article entitled “Video Shows Man Stealing Purses from Cars Outside Weston Preschool.”