Video released of thief stealing woman’s purse in Miami

MIAMI (WSVN) - Police have released video of a woman’s purse being snatched in Miami.

Police said college professor Maria Jesus was walking with a friend from a restaurant to her apartment complex, located near Northwest 10th Street and First Avenue, around 1 a.m., on Jan. 20.

According to police, a woman stepped out of a car, walked toward Jesus and snatched her purse.

The thief then ran back to the vehicle and fled the scene.

“I was coming this way, and then I was gonna enter through that door, and I had my purse on this side,” Jesus recalled, “so the car is stopped right here, the lady comes out of the car, took my purse, and they just took off.”

Jesus ran after the thief, but gave up her chase. “I did, but I just said, ‘No, it’s not worth it,'” she said.

According to police, the victim’s credit cards were used at two Walgreens locations along Collins Avenue in Miami Beach. Her bank was able to cancel her credit cards.

“When I went and I called the credit card company to cancel them, I cancelled them,” said Jesus, “but then I went online to see if they had used the credit cards, and they had used the credit cards already in gas stations. Get a job and work, just like I do.”

Police said the purse snatchers remain at large.

“I was very shocked because I never thought it would happen to me,” said Jesus.

If you have any information on the thieves, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.

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