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North Richland Hills police seek thieves targeting elderly

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS — Police appealed for help Thursday to identify a couple who are suspected of stealing wallets and money from elderly shoppers at a local grocery store.

Investigators believe that the thieves have hit at least six times since December at Kroger Food Store in the 7200 block of Boulevard 26. The last one was reported in May.

And authorities say the couple could be responsible for similar thefts at Kroger and other grocery stores throughout the North Texas area.

Police on Thursday released photographs of the couple and a vehicle that investigators believe the thieves have used.

Authorities say the couple have worked as a team to target elderly female shoppers at the store.

One of the suspects distracts the shopper with conversation while the other suspect take’s the victim’s wallet, money and credit cards from their handbags in the shopping carts, polices said Thursday.

Store surveillance video has captured the couple leaving in a red or maroon Ford Expedition, police said.

After some of the thefts, the couple have traveled to a nearby Academy Sports & Outdoors in North Richland Hills and made substantial purchases with the victim’s credit cards, police said.

In other thefts, the couple have used stolen credit cards to buy items at CVS Pharmacy, 7-Eleven stores and Albertson’s Food & Drug grocery stores in the North Texas area.

Anyone with information on the case should call North Richland Hills police at 817-427-7030.