Purse stolen by a lil old lady @ Target!

I was about 2 ft from my purse at Target off of 82nd in Clackamas the day before yesterday. I kept wondering a little far from my cart and telling myself that I shouldn't do that here (I just moved to the area from Central Oregon) and I saw someone darting away from my cart in a sweeping motion and it caught my eye. I glanced down at the fold out part where people put their kids, and my purse was gone. I started following the woman yelling "MAM!!" over and over and she was going faster towards the front doors. My mind was racing, I even started thinking it was a young boy or something because she was so short...probably 4'10.....then I started thinking she was deaf.....finally I got ahead of her probably 20ft from the door and spun her around. She was holding her arm close to her body with her big black purse beneath her arm. She was wearing a black jacket with a black shirt. It was obvious something was underneath her shirt beneath her purse. I kept asking her if she took something of mine and was picking at her sleeve to get her to move her arm. She kepts sweeping away from me. I said "I think you stole my purse! I think you took something of mine! MAM what is under that purse! I kept pointing to the bulge like an idiot. She kept spinning away from me and finally she looked right into my eyes and said "MAM this is just my purse! This is just my jacket! MAM! and she said it with such authority. I could tell she was freaked out. So I thought oh my gosh am I accusing a little old lady of stealing my purse, and she really didn't!? So in a moment of self doubt I yelled out to whoever was around that I think she has my purse and to stop her from leaving and ran back to my purse. It was indeed gone. And so was she. She darted out the door. Another associate was outside and saw this woman darting out quickly while holding something under her arm. He followed her yelling "MAM!" she wouldn't stop for nothing. She yelled out she was late for her grandkids practice or something. She jumped in her car and took off. I had everything in there. I had a brandnew cellphone that didn't even have the plastic off the screen. My title AND registration to my car I just got. My ONLY set of keys. My ID. Half my paycheck IN CASH. My roommate's PASSPORT of all things! My makeup. And I take my makeup seriously! My dayplanner. But worst of all, the worst part about all of this is I just cannot look at people the same way. I am a good person and really, really don't want to look at everyone through jaded eyes. I am so bummed. And feel so violated. Not to mention the whole "if only I would have....." thoughts. Just why did this have to happen?

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Anonymous says ... on Thursday, Jan 8 at 9:09 PM

Did anyone happen to get her plate number or description of the vehicle? Good grief that's sad. I buckle mine in with the child safety strap as well. I'm sorry this happened to you.

Conny says ... on Saturday, Dec 20 at 1:23 PM

I see women all the time putting their purses into the cart, sitting in the child's seat. I CAN'T even imagine, why you would do this?! Sometimes I want to tell them to keep their purses, but then maybe they just need a lesson to learn?

David says ... on Wednesday, Dec 3 at 6:32 PM

So sorry about your purse and about what was inside in this hard times it must be even harder without it.:(

Jason says ... on Tuesday, Dec 2 at 8:34 PM

Hold on and don't let go! Wanting to get away without confirming the contents was all that you needed. Hold on and let the police come and sort it out.

Patty says ... on Wednesday, Nov 26 at 11:11 PM

If you need to put your purse down, just loop the child 'seat-belt' through your purse handle and close the latch. That would prevent them from taking your purse, but not from reaching into it and removing your wallet.

Laurel says ... on Wednesday, Nov 26 at 2:04 PM

I have a biker-style wallet that I literally keep CHAINED to me by my belt loop. I suggest doing something like that. If you need to carry more stuff than can fit into a wallet, use a "fanny pack" It's still tied to you, and your hands are free.

susan says ... on Tuesday, Nov 25 at 7:31 PM

Use the kid buckle on the seat of the cart to buckle in your purse (through the strap)....and stay VERY close always, if you must take a purse with you! So sorry that there are creeps in the world.

LL says ... on Sunday, Nov 23 at 9:48 PM

My sister nearly had her purse stolen from the Gateway Winco, by a tag team, 2 people closed in on her purse having a conversation that made no sense, like they were pretending to have a purpose. Stepping between them & her purse, they scattered!

Local Teachers says ... on Sunday, Nov 23 at 9:43 PM

I don't even take a purse with me into stores.anymore for fear of this. I intentionally wear coats with pockets for my wallet, keys, and phone.

Anonymous says ... on Thursday, Nov 20 at 5:14 PM

I am so sorry this happened to you, Where were the Target employees? Usually I see security walking around in there too! Times are hard for so many people right now but there is no excuse for steeling!

bubba says ... on Wednesday, Nov 19 at 2:52 PM

next time go with your gut feeling and take em DOWN!... a quick kick to her feet would have knocked her down revealing anything under her coat (not technically assault.).. or when you confonted her.. you should have called out LOUDLY for help!

Anonymous says ... on Tuesday, Nov 18 at 5:55 PM

why put purse down . why? why leave it? why put it down ever ????

Rose E. Franks says ... on Monday, Nov 17 at 7:37 PM

What in the world is going on with society in General when she asked for help no one was there to help her when she needed it the most we as citizens must look out for each other and especially the elders men and women and children Please.

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