Police have responded to six reports of purse and wallet thefts from retail shoppers so far in 2012, according to a crime alert.
- POLICE & FIRE
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Apple Valley police released a crime alert Thursday afternoon that thus far in 2012, officers have responded to six reports of purses or wallets allegedly stolen from people while they were shopping at Apple Valley retail outlets. Most of the alleged victims told police they were using a shopping cart and believed their purse or wallet was taken while they were looking at other store merchandise. Two people told police that their credit cards were used immediately after the alleged thefts. Officers are obtaining surveillance video from the businesses to try to identify suspects, the crime alert says. Police offer the following tips to help prevent purse or wallet theft, and to deal with the situation if you believe you're a victim of …
Demita Layna Loyd is charged with stealing purses and their contents while employees were working.
A Minneapolis woman faces a felony charge after police say she allegedly stole purses—which, with the contents inside, are worth almost $3,000—from employees of an Apple Valley restaurant who were working at the time. Demita Layna Loyd, 32, is charged in Dakota County with theft, the maximum penalty for which is five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. According to the criminal complaint, three Apple Valley restaurant employees reported to police that her purses were stolen from a shelf while they were working the evening of Oct. 3. They told police that they allegedly saw a man and a woman take the purses and run out the side doors of the restaurant, the complaint says. Video footage allegedly shows a man and a woman seated near the side …