Tualatin purse snatcher goes on $4K spending spree


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A woman’s trip to a Tualatin grocery store left her out thousands of dollars after a thief snatched her purse from her shopping cart. 

Deb Steele said she was shopping Monday night at New Seasons off Nyberg Street when a woman grabbed her purse out of her cart and left the store. 

The thief, who was caught on security camera leaving New Seasons, quickly rang up bills at Best Buy, Target and Rite Aid. 

Those purchases — combined with items like an iPhone, cash and the purse itself — totaled more than $4,000. 

“I hope that if the person that took my things was someone that was really in need, that would be more comforting because they were so desperate that they thought they had to do that but I don’t think that’s what’s going on.” 

If you recognize the suspect, please call the Tualatin Police Department at 503.691.4800. 

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