Man seen snatching woman's moneybag in SW Houston, and police say she may have been followed

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A man was caught on camera running up behind a woman and snatching her moneybag after a bank run, and police say she may have been followed.

It happened on Tuesday, April 27, around 1 p.m. in the 10800 block of Beechnut Street.

Police say the woman was walking into a business that she manages holding the bag when the man ran up behind her and grabbed it. The suspect then ran off and got away in a grey Ford Fusion, which police say was being driven by someone else.

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Police say the woman had to make a bank run at the 8000 block of W. Sam Houston Parkway and believes that she was tracked by the suspects.

The suspect seen on camera is being described as a Black male with a thin build, standing at about 5 feet 9 inches. He was seen wearing a blue shirt and plaid shorts.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact Crime Stoppers of Houston directly by calling 713-222-TIPS (8477). You can also submit an online tip at or through the Crime Stoppers mobile app.

Stay alert! Here are some purse snatching safety tips for the next time you're out and about
  • Carry light - Carrying a larger purse can make you an even bigger target.
  • Don't wrap - Try not to have your purse tightly wrapped around your arm or shoulder. You could be dragged if thieves are in a car.
  • Stay aware - Try to always be aware of your surroundings. Don't be distracted by your phone.
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