Two women caught lifting an elderly woman’s wallet from her purse as she shopped in a California Safeway store have been arrested on charges including identity theft and credit card fraud.
Surveillance video of the incident shared earlier this week by the Walnut Creek Police department almost immediately went viral. It shows a Safeway shopper casually perusing food in the produce section when she’s targeted by a pair of women, identified by authorities as Markkisha Anthnisha Magnum and Martavia Latrice Blout.
One the 22-year-old suspects can be seen keeping lookout while the other, sporting a wig as a disguise, slips her hand inside the victim’s bag. The clip ends with the women, both from Stockton, making an easy get away while their target continues to shop, unaware of the theft.
The release of surveillance video depicting the September 9 incident prompted a series of tips from the community and both Magnum and Blout were arrested on Sept. 20, according to a press release from the Walnut Creek Police Department.
They were both booked into the San Joaquin County Jail on charges of identity theft with prior conviction, financial elder abuse, credit card fraud and possession of stolen property, police said.
Magnum’s bail was set at $82,500, which she posted on Saturday. Blout’s bail was set at $22,500, though she was also booked an outstanding warrant for robbery with a bail of $25,000.
“The Walnut Creek Police Department would like to thank the Stockton Police Department and the San Joaquin County Probation Department for their assistance in this investigation,” police said in a statement.
“The Walnut Creek Police Department would also like to thank everyone who called with information to help identify the suspects in this investigation and the numerous offers to assist with the victim.”