You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myAJC.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myAJC.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myAJC.com.

'If you blink, you could miss it': Brazen purse thief caught on camera


Sheriff's deputies in Florida are reminding people to be vigilant after a brazen thief snuck over to a woman's car as she paid at a gas pump last month and snatched her purse from the vehicle.

>> Read more trending stories

The theft was caught on a surveillance camera at the Sun Gas Chevron station in Parkland. Video released by deputies Monday showed the theft took less than 20 seconds.

"It's a common crime, but if you blink, you could miss it," Broward County sheriff's deputies said in a news release.

Authorities have not identified suspects in the case, which happened September 26.

According to deputies, two men stopped a silver Toyota Camry at a gas pump across from the victim's SUV. As the woman paid for gas, she turned her back on her SUV. While she was distracted, one of the men crouched between the two vehicles, opened up her driver's-side door and grabbed her handbag.

The thieves were gone in seconds.

"Always lock your doors!" deputies wrote on Twitter. "This can happen to anyone."

Deputies are investigating the case.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Police brace for weekend marches in downtown Atlanta
Police brace for weekend marches in downtown Atlanta

Watch out for potential road closures and pedestrian traffic related to planned marches in downtown Atlanta this weekend. While police say they have no plans to close roads yet, demonstrators are expected Friday and Saturday. The Atlanta Police Department will direct traffic throughout the planned march routes to maintain the safety of the participants...
Don’t blame dogs, hold owners responsible, animal experts say
Don’t blame dogs, hold owners responsible, animal experts say

This week, a little boy was killed and a schoolmate seriously injured when the two were attacked by dogs in southwest Atlanta. Last month, a 7-year-old Gwinnett County boy’s ear was ripped off by dogs. In 2010, an 8-year-old girl lost her arm following a dog attack in DeKalb County. Each story is heartbreaking, leaving physical...
Cops: Man, teen had relationship for ‘several months’
Cops: Man, teen had relationship for ‘several months’

A Roswell man was arrested after police say he had a relationship with a teenager.  Jason Champion, 42, was charged with statutory rape and enticing a child, Channel 2 Action News reported.  Police say Champion met the 16-year-old girl through a dating site called “Hot or Not” that allows members to rate the attractiveness of...
J.O. Wyatt memorial Saturday at Ebenezer Baptist Church
J.O. Wyatt memorial Saturday at Ebenezer Baptist Church

There will be a public memorial Saturday for James Odis Wyatt, a former Fulton County leader who died Jan. 12, family members say. Wyatt was known to friends as J.O. and he held public service positions including Fulton County commissioner and deputy district director of the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission.  He was also well known in the community...
NASA to explore valuable, metal space rock worth $10,000 quadrillion
NASA to explore valuable, metal space rock worth $10,000 quadrillion

NASA is setting its sights on a large, metal asteroid orbiting the sun between Mars and Jupiter.  The U.S. space agency and researchers at Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration want to get a closer look at the space rock, named Psyche, because they believe it’s made of valuable metals, such as nickel, iron...
More Stories