Women distract 83-yr-old at JoCo grocery store; steal wallet, spend her money

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Police are asking the public's help with identifying three women suspected in stealing a woman's wallet at a grocery store in Overland Park, Kan., on Sunday, Sept. 22.

Police said the two women engaged one of the victims, an 83-year-old woman, in a short conversation in the bakery section at a Johnson County Price Chopper.

Marion Ferguson said the women started talking to her about gluten-free birthday cakes. While she was distracted, a third women sneaked up and removed her wallet from her purse, which was sitting in Marion's shopping cart.

When Marion went to pay for her groceries she realized her wallet was missing from her purse. Later, her credit cards were used to make several different purchases totaling over $3,000.

"You have no idea what I've been through," said Marion. "I had to go get a driver's license. They had a key to my front door that had to be changed.

Store surveillance video showed three women entering the store together.  All three suspects left the store parking lot in the same vehicle.

Police have released pictures hoping the public can help in identifying them. Police say the same women were seen on surveillance video at an Olathe Hen House. In that case, they bought $8,000 worth of items using the victim's credit card.

Female One - black female in her 20’s, heavy set, with shoulder length hair.  She is wearing a long sleeve gray shirt and tight black pants.

Female Two  - black female in her 20’s, heavy set, with shoulder length hair.  She is wearing a full length pink and purple dress and a blue jean jacket.

Female Three – black female in her 20’s, heavy set, with long hair.  She is wearing a white t-shirt, athletic shorts, carried a black purse and wore glasses.

Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816.474.TIPS (8477) or the Overland Park Police Department at 913.344.8750.

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