Santa Ana police are attempting to locate a man who allegedly robbed a 73-year-old woman in a CVS parking lot in August and was later seen using her stolen credit cards.
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Matthew Vinnie Vuyna Salazar, 21, who was last known to reside in Moreno Valley, according to a statement released Thursday by the Santa Ana Police Department.
After the Aug. 10 robbery garnered news media coverage, detectives received numerous tips on Salazar's identity, including from a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department crime analyst, the news release stated.
In that crime, Salazar allegedly approached victim Patricia Gumper in the parking lot of a CVS on South Bristol Street under the guise of offering to repaint scratches on her vehicle.
Surveillance footage shows Gumper beginning to walk away before the robber grabs her purse and knocks her from her walker to the ground. The man drives away.
Salazar used his car to block Gumper's in, according to SAPD Cpl. Anthony Bertagna. His vehicle is described as a newer-model white Chrysler 200 with rear collision damage.
He was spotted using Gumper's credit cards at a Kohl's in Yorba Linda the day of the robbery, police said.
Gumper told KTLA shortly after the crime that the hardest part was losing money she had just gotten out of the bank. She'd been saving up to celebrate her 51st anniversary aboard the Queen Mary, she said.
Authorities believe Salazar may have committed crimes against additional victims throughout Southern California, and they think he drifts between locations throughout Riverside, Orange and Los Angeles counties.
He is described as a 24-year-old, 5-foot-7-inch white man with wavy brown hair.
Anyone with information on the suspect or vehicle is urged to call Detective Cpl. Silva at 714-245-8545 or Detective Garcia at 714-245-8408.