84-year-old New Jersey woman has purse and passport snatched in Florida while visiting husband’s grave

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Hilda Lopez (Credit: Local 10)

Hilda Lopez (Credit: Local 10)

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – An 84-year-old woman visiting a cemetery Wednesday, was leaving flowers at her late husband’s grave, when someone broke into her daughter’s vehicle and stole her purse and passport. Now the woman cannot travel home.

According to Local 10 News in Pembroke Park, Florida, Maritza Lopez said her ailing mother had left her purse in the backseat of her car as they visited her father’s grave.

“We just put the flowers in the water and not even two minutes,” Lopez told Local 10.

“I never thought something like this could happen here,” Lopez’s mother, Hilda Lopez, said.

The pair said they were only about a five minute walk the vehicle when they heard a noise, and when they returned to their car, they discovered a smashed window and the absence of Hilda’s purse, which contained her passport and medications.

Hilda, who lives in New Jersey, was scheduled to fly home on Thursday after spending two weeks with her family in South Florida.

“She had $540 in her purse,” Maritza Lopez said. “She had her ID and passport. She had her airline tickets too. She was supposed to leave tomorrow.”

The women said cemetery workers said there had been some recent thefts there, but said the only surveillance cameras are at its entrance.

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