Suspect Pours Dish Soap On Floor As Diversion, Steals Wallet

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A robbery victim says she fell prey to an elaborate setup while on a late night shopping trip at a Pueblo Walmart.

According to Amber Deshon, she and her mother were at the Walmart on Dillon Drive around 11 p.m. Sunday when a woman poured dish soap onto the floor.

"My mom slipped and fell," Deshon told 11 News.

Deshon says that the suspect first tried to steal her mother's purse, under the guise of trying to help out.

"She tried to grab my mom's purse and told my mom, 'Hey, I'll put your purse over here." And my mom was like, 'No, I'll take it.'"

Deshon's mother was hurt in the fall, so Deshon went over to help her. While she was busy with her mom, Deshon says the suspect snatched her wallet out of the shopping cart. Surveillance cameras captured the entire incident on video.

"She was taking my money out, going through my wallet...then she came around the corner and slid it underneath the purse rack."

"I cried. That was $515 that she took."

Surveillance cameras tracked the suspect's movement through the store, but she was able to get away before Deshon realized her wallet had been taken. Police are still trying to access the images on the disc that the security guard left with the Walmart manager.

Deshon's mother is still in the hospital recovering from her fall.

"I want my money returned and I want her to pay the medical bill, because she's the one that caused the accident," Deshon said.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic woman in her 30s, about 5-foot-5 and 135 pounds. She was dressed in a white shirt with her long black hair in a ponytail. As soon as police are able to access the surveillance images, we will make those public.

If you have any information that can help with this case, call Pueblo police right away.