Lexington Police need help identifying alleged purse thief

Crime Stoppers

LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Lexington Police have released video of a brazen purse theft that happened in the parking lot of GattiTown on a busy Friday evening.

They’re hoping a tip to Crime Stoppers will lead to an identification.

Detectives call the suspect, desperate. “You’ve got several businesses here, it’s a huge parking lot, there’s eyes, cameras, everywhere,” said Det. Anthony Delimpo. “They’re desperate willing to break into someone’s car and steal stuff.”

It was a crime that took just a split second to pull off. Police say the night of May 28th, a man was seen wandering around inside the restaurant for about 30 minutes before surveillance cameras caught him walking away, his hands full of someone else’s belongings.

Dressed in a gray hoodie with RealTree down the left arm, jeans and white shoes, Lexington Police say the man’s behavior looked the part of a crook who’s done this a few times before.

“This is not the first time they’ve done this, they’ve probably been doing it a long time,” Delimpo said. “Somebody is going to watch this and recognize who this is. By the way they walk or just knowing this is a person who goes out and comes home with different items that don’t belong to them.”

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If you recognize the man in the photo, call the Crime Stoppers tip line at 859-253-2020 or visit p3tips.com.

Your information is completely anonymous and your tip could earn you up to a $1,000 cash reward.

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