Police ask for assistance in identifying two suspects stealing senior’s wallet at La Jolla market

From Crime Stopper Reports

San Diego County Crime Stoppers and investigators from the San Diego Police Department’s Elder Abuse Unit are asking for assistance from the public to help identify and locate two unknown male suspects wanted for grand theft.

Detectives said on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, around mid-afternoon, an 80-year-old female victim was shopping at the Whole Foods market at 8825 Villa La Jolla Drive. The victim placed her open purse, containing her wallet, in the top basket of her shopping cart as she walked through the store. The two unknown suspects followed the victim while she shopped inside the store. While in the frozen foods section, one of the suspects distracted the victim by asking for the location of a food item.

As the victim helped the suspect, the second suspect took the wallet from inside her purse. The victim did not see the suspect take the wallet, but realized quickly the wallet was missing. Both suspects were last seen walking out of the store.

Both suspect images, as well as video of the grand theft, were captured by a surveillance camera; the images can be viewed on YouTube at the following link:

Anyone with information on this case should call the SDPD Elder Abuse Unit at (619) 446-1063 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477. Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case. Anonymous email and text messages can be sent in via