Trio Steals 83-Year-Old's Wallet, Charges Thousands of Dollars - NBC Southern California

Trio Steals 83-Year-Old's Wallet, Charges Thousands of Dollars



    Thieves Target Elderly Shopper

    A trio of thieves targeted an elderly shopper in Corona, stealing her wallet and racking up thousands of dollars in charges. Hetty Chang reports for the NBC4 News at 11 on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (Published Tuesday, May 16, 2017)

    The Corona Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying a trio who allegedly stole an elderly woman's wallet and racked up thousands in unauthorized charges in the Inland Empire.

    Patricia Jones, 83, was doing her weekly grocery shopping at the Stater Bros. grocery store on Eagle Glen Parkway in Corona when she was approached by a man.

    The man tapped Jones on her shoulder and asked her what type of mayonnaise she prefers.

    Police released surveillance video Tuesday of the man they say befriended Jones along with his two female accomplices.

    While the man distracted Jones, the women took her wallet, police said.

    "The minute I picked it up I knew something was wrong because it was so light," she said.

    The burglary crew wasted no time. They were caught on camera at a nearby electronics store and a Target charging thousands while Jones was at the bank trying to cancel her credit cards.

    The thieves managed to buy a $3,000 laptop from Best Buy, and tried to charge more than $2,000 at Target, but were declined.

    Jones said she can replace most everything in her wallet, except for the pictures she had of her late husband.

    "How could anyone be so insensitive to people? I mean, I'm an 83-year-old widow!"

    She said she's learned her lesson and wants others to keep a closer eye on their belongings.

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