Orange County thieves target unsuspecting shoppers …
A woman whose purse and credit cards were stolen in a matter of moments became the latest victim of distraction thefts in Orange County.
The rising theft trend targets unsuspecting shoppers where thieves may engage the victim in conversation while another accomplice quickly takes their personal items. Cheryl Armstrong said she was recently targeted while grocery shopping at a Ralph’s supermarket in Anaheim Hills.
Armstrong said the first thing she does when unloading groceries into her car is to place her purse on the front passenger seat before closing the door. But before she could enter the driver’s side of her car, suddenly a man approaches her.
KTLA's Chip Yost reports on September 14, 2023.