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Woman's purse snatched while she was distracted by peaches

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A question about produce may have caused a woman to become a victim. One woman had her purse snatched after being asked about peaches at an East Memphis Kroger store.

The woman said she was just trying to help a man who asked her about peaches when another man snatched her wallet.

"I don't intend for nobody to snatch me down trying to take my purse. I'm tired of these people won't find a job," shopper Johnell Worles said. "They'd rather take what you got."

Worles said that's why she never takes a purse into a store when she shops.    

Unlike Worles, Janis Boston wishes she would have never taken her wallet inside a Kroger. 

Boston stopped around 6:30 p.m. Sunday to pick up a few things at Kroger at Poplar and Kirby.

"I really went to get some apples and bananas," Boston said. 

But, she was distracted when a man asked her for some help. She said the man was standing near the peaches and asked her if she could give him some advice.

"'Excuse me, but would you know if these peaches are fresh?'" Boston said the man asked her.

Boston said she gave the man advice on the peaches and went to the checkout.

"I opened my purse, I was OK, my gosh I've left my billfold at home," said Boston.

She paid with a check and went home to search for her wallet. It was not at her home. The next day, she remembered the peaches.

"That incident at the store of him distracting me there and me turning away to those peaches," she said.

She still had her receipt so the store manager was able to find the surveillance video that showed a man in a motorized cart pull up to her basket while the other man was asking about peaches.

"He said it shows the man coming up behind me and getting my billfold and putting it between those papers," Boston said.  

She said she filed a report with police and went to the bank about her credit card that was in her stolen wallet.

"They're trying to use it right now. It's not going through, it's been closed," she was told.

Because of the situation, Janis Boston said she is a changed woman.

"It will make it very hard for me to be as helpful or open."

Police are investigating the incident. No arrests have been made.

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