A bell pepper tumbling from her buggy distracted a shopper just long enough for two thieves to snatch her purse Sept. 17 at the Save-A-Lot grocery store on Hamilton Road.
Columbus police and Crime Stoppers are asking the public to review a photo and video of the theft suspects and call 706-653-3188 to identify them. Tipsters may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.
Police say the theft happened about 6:45 p.m. that Monday at the 4217 Hamilton Road store. When the shopper bent down to retrieve her loose pepper, another woman snatched her purse, put it in a white bag and left the store accompanied by an accomplice.
One suspect is described as black, wearing gray and white baggy checkered pants, black shirt, a light-colored head scarf and flip flops. She carried a large black purse and had a thick build and "big front teeth."
The second suspect was wearing a gray T-shirt, long dark pants with wide stripes down each side, white socks and slip-on shoes. She had a medium build and short dark hair.