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 www.crime-stoppers.org 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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