Theft, robbery at San Carlos Trader Joe’s under investigation

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A woman’s purse was stolen from her cart Tuesday as she shopped at the Trader Joe’s in San Carlos, and soon after a second victim walking in the alleyway between the store and Walgreens had her wallet forcibly stolen from her purse, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities don’t know if both incidents are connected, but are searching for suspects.

The first incident occurred between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the store at 1482 El Camino Real, when the victim left her purse in her shopping cart unattended, the sheriff’s office said.

Minutes later, a second victim walking near the store with her purse hanging on her shoulder had her wallet forcibly taken from the purse.

“Deputies are actively following-up on leads,” the sheriff’s office said. “It is unknown if the two incidents are related, however San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone to be aware of their surroundings, keep purses and bags strapped across the body and report all suspicious people and behavior to law enforcement immediately.”

Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau at 650-599-1536, or you may also remain anonymous by calling the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Anonymous Tip Line at 1-800-547-2700.

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