Franklin Police said the two women and one man distracted a 64-year-old woman at Whole Foods on McEwen Drive and 96-year-old Christine Wilson at the Kroger on Mallory Lane on Tuesday, July 8.
In each case, a female suspect asked the women questions about products while the male suspect secretly removed a wallet from the victim’s purse in the shopping cart. In Wilson's case, the man actually slipped the wallet back into her purse after taking cash and a credit card.
“She kept me talking," said Wilson. "I will be more cautious, but it’s not going to ruin my life. It’s not going to stop me from going."The suspects then used the stolen credit cards to make approximately $10,000 in purchases at nearby stores.
Police say leaving your purse open is the way the trio seems to target victims.
“Suspects can walk by and actually look down and see in that purse and if they see the wallet chances are they’ll target you because you’re a lot easier than someone with their purse that’s actually closed and fastened," said Sgt. Charles Warner.Police said one of the females may have a tattoo on the right side of her neck. Anyone with information was asked to call Franklin Police detectives at (615) 794-2513. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Franklin Police online.