Woman is victimized within minutes of having purse stolen

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LAKEWOOD, Colo. -- Sharon Sandoval says it happened from the time she left the store until she got to her car:  someone swiped her purse.

She says it was Tuesday, in the parking lot of the Walmart at 2nd Ave. and Wadsworth Blvd. in Lakewood.

She realized her purse was gone and immediately called her bank to close her credit card account, but it was already too late.  The crooks had used to the card to buy gas;  they then tried to charge $500 at a local pawn shop, but by that time, the bank had stopped the card.

Sandoval says she is coming forward to remind shoppers to "be aware of your surroundings."

Lakewood Police aren't sure if Sandoval's story is related, but say they are looking for suspects involved in using a stolen credit card to buy gift cards from multiple King Soopers in and around Lakewood.

Authorities have even released surveillance photos of the suspects and their getaway car.

As for Sharon Sandoval, she says she feels "violated."

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