Police seeking tips about man seen snatching purse in Roeland Park store video

A still from security camera video captured the suspect entering a Walgreens in Roeland Park on Saturday, Dec. 12. Image courtesy Roeland Park Police.

Roeland Park Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man seen grabbing a purse out of a shopping cart at a Walgreens last weekend.

The incident happened just after 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Walgreens at 4951 Roe Blvd.

In a statement, Roeland Park Police Chief John Morris said the man entered the store about 5:15 that evening with a bandana covering the lower half of his face. A description provided by police describes him as “heavy set.” At the time, he was also wearing a KU ball cap, black pants, a white T-shirt and black zip-up hoodie.

Police released a roughly two-minute snippet of security camera footage shot from inside the store, from the vantage behind the pharmacy at the back of the Walgreens.

A still of security camera footage at the moment the suspect grabs the unattended purse and walks out of the store. Image courtesy Roeland Park Police.

In the video, the man can be seen entering a bathroom near the pharmacy. Soon after that, he exits the bathroom and quickly grabs a purse lying in an unattended shopping cart next to the pharmacy.

Police say the suspect then left the store.

“Leaving items in a shopping cart unattended offers an easy target for theft,” Morris warned in a statement.

Anyone with information is urged to call Roeland Park Police at 916-677-3363.