February 6, 2006
Imagine someone following you home and then robbing you in your own driveway. That’s just what happened to two elderly women in Augusta, and the suspect is still on the loose. Deputies say the victims were followed leaving the Kroger grocery store on Washington Road and had their purses snatched when they got home. News 12 is on your side with what you can do to protect yourself.
Officers say these incidents have happened before and they’re not just going on at grocery stores, these thieves will even target hospitals. But one thing is for sure, and that’s their victims…the elderly.
When you’re at the store, the last thing you’d expect to be is followed. But that’s exactly what investigators believe happened to two elderly women on Friday.
“There’s not as much traffic as there is at Kroger and they would target elderly because they resist less,” said Major Ken Autry.
According to the incident report, one of the victims was a 93-year-old woman. She was just pulling into her driveway when a man jumped out of the bushes and tried to get in her car. When he couldn’t, he reached inside the car window and snatched her purse.
But she wasn’t the only one, only a few hours later another woman became a victim. This time she was unloading groceries out of her car when her purse was taken right off her shoulder.
“The two victims were coming from the same grocery store,” Autry said.
Police believe the same man is behind both cases, because they were done in a similar fashion. The thief waits for his victim in a high traffic area like this grocery store parking lot and then follows them home.
“One of the victims didn’t get a good look at all. That’s why they like to target elderly victims, they catch them off guard and a lot of times they don’t get the descriptions,” Major Autry said.
So what can you do to make sure you don’t become the next target? Be aware of your surroundings, check your rearview mirror to make sure you’re not being followed and lock your doors.