Grand Junction's featured Crime of the Week is a purse snatching that took place in the North Avenue Walmart Parking lot and police are trying to identify the suspects.

In what was clearly a planned heist, two men worked together to steal a purse from a woman's shopping cart. The suspects got away and police are now trying to find them.

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Two Suspects Work Together

According to Grand Junction Police, on Saturday, July 10, two young men were captured on surveillance video checking out customers at the North Avenue Walmart. The video shows the two men following two women out of the store and into the parking lot.

Apparently, the men spotted the woman's purse in her shopping cart and proceeded to target the woman. One of the men reportedly distracted the woman by asking for directions while the other man snatched the purse from her cart. The other woman saw it happen and confronted the man asking him to return the items. The man refused and a struggle ensued. The woman was pushed to the ground and the suspects took off.

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Can You Identify the Suspects?

Crime Stoppers of Mesa County via Facebook

Crime Stoppers of Mesa County is trying to identify the suspects, which will be difficult considering the fact these two men were among the few people wearing facemasks that day in Walmart. Take a look at the photos and the video. If you know the identity of the men or have knowledge of this crime, contact Crime Stoppers of Mesa County at 970-241-STOP or make a report online at www.241STOP and reference #GJPD case #21-34688. Tips that lead to an arrest can earn you a reward.

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Always Be Aware of Your Surroundings

This story serves as a reminder to always be aware of your surroundings and the people around you. You don't need to necessarily assume the worst of intentions of everyone you meet, but we all need to realize there are predators everywhere we go looking for an opportunity to cash in.

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