Detectives in three South Bay cities released surveillance photographs and video on Thursday in an attempt to identify a robber, a wallet thief and school burglars.
In Torrance, officers were working to identify a woman who steals wallets from women as they shop in grocery stores, including Vons, Trader Joe's and Whole Foods Market, police said.
The woman has taken wallets from purses placed in the "baby seat" area of their owners' shopping carts. Victims discover their wallets are gone when they reach into their purses to pay.
The thief has later used victims' credit cards to make purchases at businesses including Target and Total Wine & More, and made $2,000 to $4,000 cash advance withdrawals at banks.
Police asked anyone with information about the woman to call police at 310-328-3456.
Officers in Inglewood were trying to identify a robber targeting women using the Bank of America automated teller machine at 330 E. Manchester Blvd.
Detectives suspect the same man robbed a woman sitting in her parked car in the Vons lot at 500 E.
In each of the crimes, the man approached women next to them and pretended to use an ATM next to them. When he saw the woman retrieve money, he threatened to shoot her. One victim saw a gun. The man was described as black, 30 to 40 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall and 160 to 200 pounds.
Police asked anyone with information about the man to call Detective Francisco Ruiz at 310-412-5513 or the Inglewood police 24-hour anonymous tipline, 888-41-CRIME.
In Manhattan Beach, detectives released a photograph of a man wanted in the Saturday theft of 59 Apple iPads from Pacific Elementary School, 1214 Pacific Ave.
Burglars cut a lock to enter the playground, drove onto the school grounds, smashed the windows of two classrooms, and cut the locks of cabinets containing iPads.
Surveillance video showed two men wearing baseball hats and what appeared to be a woman wearing a hoodie and carrying a bag with a shoulder strap on her left shoulder.
Anyone with information on that crime was asked to call Detective Shawn Thompson at 310-802-5124 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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