Suffolk County police are seeking information that will help catch a thief who stole a wallet from a woman's pocket book while she was shopping at Stop & Shop in East Setauket on March 4.
According to police, a black male in his 50s, between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet
tall, with a medium build, entered the store at 3:45 p.m. and stole the wallet while the victim was shopping in the frozen food section. The man walked with a limp that may have been fake, and carried a notepad that police said may have been a prop used to make people think he was a store employee. He and was wearing glasses, a tan caddy-style cap, a yellow-and-blue shirt with vertical stripes, tan pants, tan work boots and a dark-colored fleece vest, and arrived and left the store in a white SUV. Police said the woman had left her purse unattended in a shopping cart while she shopped.
The incident is being investigated as a case of grand larceny. Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS; all calls will be kept confidential. A reward of up to $5,000 is offered for information leading to an arrest.