Police seek purse snatcher who targeted elderly, disabled woman

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WESTMINSTER, Colo. -- A purse snatcher targeted an elderly disabled woman in Westminster -- and it was caught on camera.

It happened March 9 about 5:30 p.m. at the King Soopers at West 104th Avenue and Federal Boulevard.

“I was just going to grab up some cheese and meat for my son,” said theft victim Fay, who didn’t want to reveal her last name.

The 73-year-old didn’t have reason to have her guard up while grocery shopping.

“These sort of things happen. But you don’t think of it for yourself,” she said.

Then, hum-drum turned harmful.

“I turned quick and a man was running off with my purse. It just struck me terrible. I tried to run without my cane and I couldn’t catch him. I was yelling, ‘Please stop him,'" she said.

Two men unsuccessfully gave chase as a surveillance camera captured the crook sprinting out of the store.

“Hopefully, someone says it looks like this person or the thief talked to somebody and we can get a lead on this,” Westminster police spokeswoman Cheri Spottke said.

All police have to go on is the video of the suspect jogging out of the store with the purse in hand. He's described as white, in his 20s or 30s, between 5-foot-10 and 6-foot, and weighing 150 to 160 pounds.

Besides rekeying her home, Fay lost her driver’s license, credit cards, cash and irreplaceable photos of her deceased husband and child.

“My daughter passed away. She was 19. She had a heart transplant. A few goof-ups and she did not make it,” Fay said.

She still holds out hope someone will find her purse. It’s quilted like the one she carries now. But it has a red floral pattern with a black border at the top and bottom.

“It does take its toll too. You don’t sleep well. When you go shopping, you’re looking all over the place to make sure,” she said.

“For someone to prey on someone like that is one of the most horrific crimes we can have,” Spottke said.

Police said the suspect was wearing a burgundy varsity jacket with gray sleeves. People on the Westminster police Facebook page were posting that it looked like a B or an R on the coat. But police said don't get hung up on a possible letter.

Anyone who recognizes the man is asked to call Westminster police or Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.