HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – It’s become an all too common and frustrating trend for both shoppers and police.
On Thursday, security cameras at the Wal-Mart along U.S. 60 in Huntington captured thieves stealing a woman’s purse.
Mary Beth Martin was loading items in her car about 3 p.m. when a black Chevy Cavalier slowly passed her, made a U-turn, and a passenger in the backseat opened the door and stole Martin’s purse out of her cart.
"She seemed so excited to do it,” Martin said. “When she got in the car, she yelled 'Go baby go!'"
Martin tried to grab the purse back, but it happened too fast.
"I was trying to catch her, but I leaped and fell."
She’s now left with a scraped knee and accounts to cancel.
"They charged up 900 dollars on my credit already," she said.
Martin says one of her cards was used Friday morning in New Jersey.
She says she also had her Social Security card in her purse.
No arrests have been made in that case.
State Police say shoplifting is becoming a nonstop nuisance, with 55 calls already this month.
Sgt. G.N. Losh says one of the shoplifting suspects they arrested told them the shoplifters take the stolen goods back to the store and get a gift card, and then take the gift card to their drug dealer in exchange for heroin.