Trio of thieves targeting purses, wallets of Texas grocery shoppers

Police in Arlington, Texas hope to catch these three people who allegedly have been stealing purses and wallets from grocery shoppers. Arlington, Texas Police Dept./CBS DFW
(CBS) ARLINGTON, Texas - A trio of thieves has been targeting grocery shoppers in Arlington, Texas, with a good bit of success, authorities say.

Police are asking for help identifying the sticky-fingered suspects - a man and two women - who in the last month alone are blamed for about 12 thefts of purses and wallets left in grocery carts, CBS DFW reported.

Police say shortly after the thefts, stolen credit cards from the victims are used at local gas stations and convenience stores. The thieves are also quickly purchasing gas gift cards and retail merchandise with the stolen cards.

The crimes have been reported at several Arlington grocery stores, with some locations repeatedly targeted, according to CBS DFW.

Most of the victims were women over the age of 50.

Police believe two suspects generally enter the store, while the third stays in the car. At one crime scene the suspects are believed to have been in a silver-colored Chevy Malibu.

Police are asking to anyone recognizing the people seen in the picture or who has information about the thefts please call Arlington police at (817) 459-6081 or Crime Stoppers at (817) 469-TIPS (8477).

There's a potential reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to a conviction.