Police search for man suspected of stealing employee’s purse

Purchases on stolen cards traced to Meijer

By: Jessica Strachan | Southfield Sun | Published July 23, 2013

Authorities are searching for this man, suspected of using stolen credit cards to make purchases at Meijer June 24.

The suspect vehicle is believed to be a newer-model black Toyota, according to police.

SOUTHFIELD — Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a suspect believed to have stolen a woman’s purse last month. After several weeks of investigation, Lt. Nick Loussia of the Southfield Police Department said, they were able to match the suspect’s photo from the June 24 larceny to surveillance footage from the Meijer store in Southfield, where the stolen credit cards were traced.

“The suspect in this case stole a purse from an office building in the city of Southfield and then used the credit cards from the purse to make purchases immediately after,” he said, noting that the crime happened at 2 Towne Square and that the victim was a 58-year-old employee at the office building. “She said she does not know the suspect and has not seen him before.”

Inside the purse were several credit and debit cards, along with miscellaneous items, according to the report. The victim said she believes the purse was stolen directly from her office sometime between 8:15 a.m. and 1 p.m. that day.

Police did not indicate in the report how much was spent at the store or what the suspect purchased, though the photo shows the man, in office attire, with a shopping cart full of purchased goods as he exits the store.

Also caught on the security cameras at Meijer was the suspect vehicle, which Loussia said is a black, likely newer-model Toyota.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Southfield Police Department at (248) 796-5500.