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LOCKPORT – Niagara County sheriff’s deputies are looking for a woman who apparently stole purses while shoppers had turned away at two separate stores both in the 5700 block of South Transit Road between 6 and 7 p.m. on Monday.

Both shoppers described the suspect as a white, heavyset female in her 20s, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and white or tan trousers. Deputies said security video showed the woman watching a shopper at the self-checkout at Tops Market and then grabbing the purse as the woman started scanning her items.

The shopper said she had a Coach purse which contained a $600 diamond necklace, two gold rings, a wallet, car keys, 10 to 15 credit cards, a cell phone, makeup and $70 cash. Total loss estimated was more than $2,600.

While at the scene deputies located another purse in a parking lot garbage can which was reported stolen at a nearby Walmart store by a similar suspect.

The victim said her purse had been stolen from her shopping cart. After an inventory of the returned purse the victim said her credit card was missing.

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