Suspects sought in string of purse thefts targeting Asians
The suspects have committed similar crimes in Arlington, Grand Prairie, and Irving, police report
Two men wanted for a string of purse thefts in Grand Prairie also targeted women in Arlington, it was learned Friday.
The men are apparently targeting Asian females in areas with predominantly Asian businesses, with Grand Prairie police reporting that there were at least two purse snatchings in the parking lot of Asia Times Square in West Grand Prairie in the course of one week.
The first offense occurred on Sunday, Sept. 24 around 7:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Asian shopping center. The female victim told police she had opened the passenger door of her vehicle and placed her purse in the seat. When she entered the driver’s side and sat down, one of the suspects opened the passenger door, grabbed her purse and fled.
About 40 minutes after the theft, the suspects attempted to use the victim’s credit card at a store in Fort Worth. The suspects were driving a darker-colored, newer model Chrysler 300.
On Sunday, Oct. 1, the suspects struck again. This time, the victim was loading groceries into her vehicle and asked her child to hold her purse. She told police a black male suspect reached into the vehicle and snatched the purse from the child’s hands. The suspect fled in a black, newer model Toyota Camry.
The most recent offense occurred on Tuesday, Oct. 3 in the 2400 block of East Pioneer Parkway. Security footage captured one of the suspects exiting a vehicle, opening the door of another vehicle and stealing a purse from inside. He fled in a white Chevy Impala.
Arlington police said in some instances, the purses are stolen from the victim’s hands or arms as they are walking in the parking lot.
A release from Grand Prairie further suggests the suspects have also committed similar offenses in Irving.
No weapons have been used in any of the incidents, but police said the offenses are “very concerning.”
Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the identification and arrest of the suspects. Anonymous tips may be submitted by phone to 817-469-8477.
Information may also be provided to Det. Trinh with the Arlington Police Department at 817-459-5805.