SUFFOLK COUNTY, Long Island (WABC) — Police are looking for suspects they believe targeted and robbed women in Suffolk County store parking lots.
In the past month, at least 10 similar incidents have been reported where the victim is approached by an individual asking for directions.
In the most recent robbery, on August 10, a woman was approached by a man in the parking lot of a Costco on Garet Place in Commack.
After the man asked for directions, the woman got into his car and noticed that her wallet was missing from the passenger seat.
The woman returned to the store to see if anyone had turned over her wallet when she saw this same man at the entrance. He took off when he saw her.
According to police, there were nine other similar incidents where one suspect asked for directions while the other stole credit cards. The victims have almost always been women over the age of 60, with one exception.
In one case, the thieves racked up $9,000 in credit card charges for a single victim.
The other thefts were reported at the following locations:
-Costco, 125 Beacon Dr., Holbrook, July 30 at 4 p.m.
-Costco, 3000 Route 25, Nesconset, July 30 at 2:33 p.m.
-Bed, Bath & Beyond, 3083 Jericho Turnpike, East Northport, July 21 at 1:30 p.m.
-Costco, 10 Garet Place, Commack, July 21 at 2:38 p.m.
-Costco, 625 Broadhollow Road, Melville, July 21 at 12:45 p.m.
-Costco, 625 Broadhollow Road, Melville, July 16 at 2:15 p.m.
-Costco, 10 Garet Place, Commack, July 16 at 2:30 p.m.
-Costco, 10 Garet Place, Commack, July 14 at 4:25 p.m.
-Costco, 625 Broadhollow Road, Melville, July 14 at 2:30 p.m.
According to the police, in some cases the suspects were two women and a man.
One of the women was described as possibly pregnant and the other as tall, thin and well-dressed.
“We are currently working with our big box stores on camera placement and are wondering if there is a better way to ask if someone is going to use a credit card, by asking them for some type of ID,” said Suffolk County Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison. .
Police say the suspects also have unmistakable heavy accents, which may in fact be real or just part of their ruse.
“I’ve seen people act like they have an accent, act like they’re hurt, put a neck brace, a cast on their arm,” Harrison said. “Is there any chance they’re using that accent just to shake our victims – I wouldn’t tell by them.”
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