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Thieves Go On Spending Spree with Grandmother's Credit Cards
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It started out as a fun day out with family for a metro grandmother. But it turned into an expensive nightmare after thieves made off with her wallet, and now police are hoping that the public can help bring the culprits to justice.

The 74-year-old woman, who asked to be called "Sue," says that she and her husband were enjoying a visit to the Corner Cafe at 152 Highway and Flintlock with their granddaughter when it came time to pay the bill. That's when Sue says that she noticed that something was missing.

"I'm taking full responsibility, it was my wallet," said Sue. "I had my back to him. But, it's just amazing that he could get it out of there without me knowing it or seeing it."

Sue's red wallet contained her credit cards, cash and checkbook - all now missing. She says that the thief was somehow able to lift her wallet out of her closed purse while she sat in her seat.

"He evidently stuck his had down in there and was able to pull it out," said Sue.

Investigators suspect a man caught on a Target surveillance video followed Sue inside the restaurant, took her wallet and later hooked up with a second man and a woman who were outside. Police say the trio hit several nearby stores, snatching up at least $10,000 worth of electronics, food and other items with Sue's stolen credit cards.

Authorities say that they were able to get still photos of the suspects.

"We got surveillance video inside, and I guess they were caught in a couple of different places, so I hope they get him," said Billy Copenhaver of Corner Cafe.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact Kansas City Police.

"It's a real hassel," said Sue, who says that she has a message to the thieves. "I would tell him, get off his bones and work like the rest of us."

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