The first incident was reported at approximately 1:30 p.m. Friday. The victim reported she was exiting the food court doors of The Lakes Mall when a male subject approached her from behind and grabbed the purse she was carrying. The male subject fled on foot with the purse, got into a vehicle, and fled from the scene.
The second incident was reported at approximately 1:54 p.m. Friday at Walmart,1879 E. Sherman. The victim said she was followed by a male subject in the parking lot, and that he stole her purse from her shopping cart. The male subject got into a vehicle and fled from the scene.
Descriptions provided by witnesses and victims suggest the offender in both incidents may have been the same person. Police are actively following up on leads. No arrests have been made.
No one was injured in either incident. No further information is being released at this time.
Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed these incidents or who may have information about the offender to contact Fruitport Township Police Department at 231-865-8477 or Silent Observer 72-CRIME.