Brothers Arrested; Accused of Stealing Purses Across the Area

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- It's that time of year again. The time when most of us hit the stores for holiday shopping, and criminals hit the parking lots looking for quick cash.

"This time of year we see an increase in the number of people who are trying to get money for whatever it may be, for Christmas, for drugs," Trooper S.N. Swope said.

That's exactly what police say two brothers, Steve and Matthew Lindsey, did. They're accused of stealing purses from unsuspecting shoppers.

"They would go around to convenience stores and wait for people to leave their car open even for a split second," Swope said.

That's when police say the pair would strike, stealing purses and cash before the victims knew what happened.

"It is frustrating," Swope said. "A lot of people carry everything they own in their purse. They've got credit cards, Social Security cards, birth certificates. Things that are hard to replace."

State Police say the brothers hit stores from Barboursville to Huntington, and even into Lawrence County, Ohio.

Steve Lindsey has been charged with multiple counts of petit larceny and breaking and entering, among other charges. Matthew Lindsey will be charged with larceny. Both brothers could face additional charges as state police say this is an ongoing investigation.

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