Over the weekend, three separate thefts in Madera County saw victims lose more than $1,500 in property, Sheriff John Anderson said, and served as a “sad reminder” to the public to be aware of their surroundings.
It took less than two minutes Saturday morning, Anderson said, for a 79-year-old Coarsegold woman to have her handbag stolen from her cart at a grocery store in Oakhurst.
As she read the ingredients on a bag of pet food, the thief — unidentified Monday as authorities review surveillance video from the store — swiped her handbag, which held several credit cards, $400 in cash, and other personal effects.
“Regardless of the size of the bag, hold on to it at all times,” Anderson said. “It can happen in a flash. Turn your back, even for a few seconds, and that’s all a thief needs to grab your bag and walk out.” ...