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Our friends at News Channel 8 have reported on a purse snatcher in Lakeland.

The suspect is a woman in Lakeland. She’s allegedly stealing purses from cars in parking lots, and it’s been happening all summer.

According to someone from the Lakeland Police Department, “We have three current open cases here at the police department that we believe involve the same individual burglarizing vehicles.” The police also said that the woman smashes car windows to steal the purses and has done so twice at Common Group Park and once at a park near Lake Parker.

According to the LPD, “Once the vehicle burglary takes place, she goes to a Dollar General store and uses the stolen credit cards to buy other VISA gift cards or attempt to purchase those gift cards.”

Kadian Irving is a parent who was recently at Common Group Park. She said, “It’s scary to know that you come to a park that you take your kids at and it’s not safe for you to leave your stuff in your car,”

The park uses surveillance cameras and several signs reminding people to lock their cars and hide their valuables.

If you have any information on the suspect, please email cody.bardwell@Lakelandgov.net or jarrod.robinson@lakelandgov.net.

For more on this story and information on the suspect, click here.

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