Police are searching for two pickpockets, who took a Southern Colorado woman's wallet out of her purse, right out of her shopping cart--without her ever noticing.
A sly crime like this happened right in the middle of the day, in the middle of a public place. Lorraine Medina doesn’t want it to happen to you.
“The worst part is not being able to trust people. I am a very friendly person and that has really changed me,” said Medina.
Police are now looking for two Hispanic suspects, a young male and older female.
"I had the cart next to me, I could see my purse, and was looking at a bin of movies. A lady was talking to me, distracting me, while a man reached into my purse, unzipped it, and took my wallet,” said Medina.
Medina was shopping at the south side Pueblo Walmart (4080 W Northern Ave) on February 22. Medina lives in Lamar, and was only in town for a few hours.
It was around 1:40 in the afternoon when she was looking through the $5 movie bin. She said another lady came up and also started looking. Medina says the woman started a friendly conversation about the movies and in particular the one Medina was searching for.
“'If I come across it, I will let you know.' That’s what she said,” said Medina.
Medina tells 11 News that her purse was strapped into the cart by the child restraint buckles, so no one would be able to steal it.
She says the younger male got into her purse and stole her wallet, while the woman distracted her. A move Medina calls bold.
"There were a lot of people in the store, and he was bold to go up to my purse and open it up twice, because it was latched and zipped,” said Medina.
Medina says earlier the man did engage in conversation with her. She didn’t even realize the duo was together--until later when she discovered her wallet was gone.
“I was frantically running through the store, yelling that I got robbed. I didn’t know which direction to go,” said Medina.
The tag team robbers got away with $600, credit cards, and a checkbook. Worst of all, they stole all of Medina’s identification, something that has robbed her of her security.
"I am afraid, I'm afraid to talk to people. I just feel so violated. I have not been able to sleep good, my appetite has changed,” said Medina. “I put things against my door because of them having my identification and my address.”
Police need your help identifying the duo. The young Hispanic male was wearing a white muscle t-shirt and a red flat-brimmed ball cap with a “B” logo on it. He was also wearing dark-colored knee length shorts.
Surveillance video shows the suspect in contact with Medina and then taking her wallet our of her cart. He then roamed around the electronics department before walking out the front exit door. Police say he jumped into the bed of a possible 90s model Chevy pickup truck with a tool box in the back. The suspect crawled through the rear sliding window of the truck.
Police say the suspect was accompanied by an older Hispanic female, who had a small child with her. The woman was seen at the DVD bin with Medina. She was wearing a multi-colored shirt, black leggings, and pink flip flops.
“You feel like you can trust to at least be friendly to people, but I guess you can’t. You just have to be careful of who you talk to, and never leave your purse alone,” said Medina.
If you have any information about the crime call police at 719-553-2528 or Crime Stoppers at 719-542-7867.
Medina hopes others will heed her warning, that crime can happen anytime and in any place, and you should always be on your guard.
"When something like this happens to you, it changes your whole life, it does. You are afraid to trust people. For me, I am always looking over my shoulder because you never know who is gonna rob you, you just never know,” said Medina.