Marco Island, Florida - A brazen theft took place at a local grocery store on Jan. 11th, 2023 when a shopper was approached by three unknown individuals, all wearing Covid masks. The incident has raised concerns about the rise of crime in the city and has prompted the Marco Island Police Department to launch an investigation.
According to eyewitnesses and officials, the victim was placing groceries in the back seat of her car when she was approached by an unknown male who reportedly distracted her while a second male approached the vehicle, opened the door, and stole the victim's wallet. A third suspect, described as a Hispanic female, was seen acting as a lookout in the parking lot. The three suspects walked away unnoticed, and the victim remained unaware of the crime until she returned home.
Surveillance footage obtained from the grocery store showed two out of the three suspects inside the store before the theft. The images have been released to the public in hopes that someone may recognize the individuals and come forward with information to assist the police investigation.
The Marco Island Police Department is urging anyone with information about the theft or the suspects to contact them immediately. The department is also reminding residents to remain vigilant and aware of their surroundings while shopping, especially during these uncertain times.
This theft is a reminder that crime can happen anywhere, even in a seemingly safe and peaceful community like Marco Island. The city's police department is working tirelessly to bring the perpetrators to justice and to ensure the safety and security of its residents.
In the meantime, residents are encouraged to take steps to protect themselves and their property, such as keeping an eye on their belongings and being cautious of distractions in public places.
Anyone with information about the theft is urged to contact the Marco Island Police Department. The department is committed to finding the individuals responsible for this crime and bringing them to justice.