Purse snatching victim offers advice for other women
Neighborhood on alert after incident
Last Updated: 88 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - One woman who became a victim during a routine trip to the gas station is now warning others so they don’t become victims too.
55-year-old Cindy Wolf’s purse was stolen while she was filling up her gas tank at a Kroger station near 71st Street and Binford Boulevard.
It was a hot day so her windows were rolled down on the passenger side. She said she was actually sitting in the driver’s seat with her back turned to the passenger side while she waited.
Officials said someone grabbed her bag and took off.
"Women carry their whole lives in their bags, and in an instant, being in my own neighborhood gas station. Never thinking in a million years something like that would happen and it’s gone," Wolf said.
The neighborhood association sent out warnings to area residents about the crime.
Jack Reeves is paying close attention and offering advice to his wife.
"Oh yes be very careful. Not to leave purses in the car. If you get gas or go into the store take everything with you. The neighborhood watch has good ideas. They say keep everything hidden in the car if you have a computer or something. Don't leave it laying where it can be seen," Reeves said.
Officials said what happened to Wolf is happening across the country in a new wave of crime called sliding.
The crime happens in an instant as thieves slide into victim’s cars and snatch valuables from open windows and unlocked doors, often while victims are pumping fuel at gas stations.
When Wolf's purse was stolen, she didn't take it sitting down. She said she ran after the thief yelling for help but nobody could move quick enough to catch the suspect.
"It's obviously not the first time this thief has done this and it probably won't be the last. One of these times he's gonna do it at the wrong place and at the wrong time and he's gonna get snagged," Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Chris Bailey said.
Surveillance video showed the getaway car used in the incident was a maroon 1990s era Oldsmobile. Police said it had faded paint on the doors and hood.
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