Boise Police looking for brazen purse theft suspect

Posted at 2:13 PM, Feb 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-20 16:16:15-05

BOISE, Idaho — Often, you see women shopping in grocery stores who have stepped away from their shopping carts -– even for a few seconds –- with their purses still in it.

Three women have had their purses stolen just that way recently … and Boise Police believe they were all stolen by the same man.

The three different thefts occurred in mid-January and early February at two retail stores on the Boise Bench.

“In each case, the suspect approached the victim’s shopping cart when they were not looking, and took the purse out of it,” according to a Boise Police news release.

The suspect is described as a light-skinned man with brown hair, is approximately 5-feet 7 inches to 6 feet tall, and was cleanshaven at the time of the thefts.

The suspect is believed to have gotten in to the passenger seat of a silver sedan. Officers believe the vehicle to be a Lexus IS-250 or similar model.

Anyone with any information about the purse thefts or the suspect is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS (2677),, or leave a tip using the “P3 Tips” app for your mobile device.

(Photo courtesy: Boise Police Dept.)