Police: 79-year-old woman robbed in shopping center parking lot

DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- An elderly female was the victim of a purse snatching Friday at the Deerfield Town Center. 

Police say the 79-year-old woman was approached and threatened by a man who was crouched down in between cars, waiting in the parking lot.

The suspect threatened to hurt her unless she gave him her purse and jewelry. The victim handed over her purse and wedding ring.

Police are searching for the suspect described as a white male, aged 25-30, with a thin build and blue eyes. He is around 5'10 and was last seen wearing a tan hat and tan zip-up sweatshirt. The suspect is believed to be driving a late model red Chevy S10 truck. 

As the holiday season approaches, here are some tips to help keep safe while shopping.

  • Always pay attention to your surroundings. Don't walk to your car while looking at your phone.
  • It's a good idea to have your keys ready in-hand and check the backseat
  • Always park in well-lit areas during evening shopping trips.
  • Don't leave any purchases visible to passers-by in your car.
  • Don't buy more than you can carry -- a store employee may be able to assist you to your car or ask someone to shop with you.
  • Ladies, don't carry a purse that dangles. Keep as little on you as possible and don't wear expensive jewelry.

The National Crime Prevention Council wants to remind holiday shoppers to keep safety in mind, especially as Black Friday approaches. CLICK HERE for more tips.

The Warren County Sheriff's Office asks that anyone with information on the robbery at Deerfield Town Center call 513-695-2525.

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