WATCH: Thief hops off scooter, snatches purse in Kroger

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis Police Department is investigating a purse snatching at a local Kroger.

The snatching happened at the Kroger on Poplar Avenue near Kirby Road on April 6 around 7 p.m.

The woman told police the suspect followed her around the store on a motorized scooter.

As the victim stepped away from her cart to pick up an item, the other woman made her move–grabbing her purse and walking off, ditching the scooter.

Investigators also said it's possible the woman, who was captured on store security cameras, may be linked to other similar crimes.

Kroger shoppers were appalled after watching the surveillance video.

"Oh, I think it's horrible," shopper Judy Robinette said.

Women shopping Monday afternoon said this video is a reminder to all to keep valuables close at hand.

"I just keep mine zipped and on my shoulder," Robinette said. "I don't put it in the basket."

"I am just so careful because I watch the news and I am so aware of everything that can happen, and so I just keep my purse close," shopper Carol Fuss said.

Police said the victim's wallet and keys were inside her purse, leaving her without a way to get home or pay for her groceries.

Investigators are hopeful fingerprints lifted from two bottles left inside the motorized scooter and that surveillance video will help identify the suspect.

If you have any information, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 528-CASH.

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