Multiple Muggings Target Elderly Women - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/15/06

Multiple Muggings Target Elderly Women

Lubbock police say elderly women are being targeted for muggings. Three robberies have already taken place this year at three different locations here in Lubbock. The first happened on January 18th at South Plains Mall. The second incident happened March 8th at the Wal-Mart on South Loop 289. The third robbery happened Sunday, in the K-mart parking lot. NewsChannel 11's Jennifer Vogel explains how the three victims were attacked.

In each case they were all women and were all between the age of 60 to 79. They were leaving stores with their purses visible, and when they went to put items into their cars. The suspects went into action. We spoke with one woman who was mugged at Wal-Mart, who wants her experience to be a lesson to others.

"It was the worse five minutes of my life the last few days." 60-year-old Carol Dodson went to Wal-Mart last week to buy some things for a trip. What happened next was caught on surveillance video as she was leaving the store. "That's me, just got my groceries and went to put them in the car. When they pulled up I thought they were waiting on my parking spot to start with, so I just looked at the car and when I reached over to put my groceries, my cokes, in the car, they came out of the window to about here reached in my cart and got my purse."

Carol was the second victim. The first happened January 18th at the South Plains Mall. The victim was a 79-year-old woman who was approached by two males in a white truck. They grabbed her purse and threw her to the ground. Carol says she is thankful she was not hurt, but she lives with fear everyday. "They strip you of everything and then you can't sleep at night you don't know who's coming into your house."

It was 8:30 in the morning when the next victim was attacked. The 74-year-old was approached by a white car at K-mart last Sunday. A man and a woman asked her for directions, grabbed her purse, and drove away, dragging the woman with their car.

"All I want people to be aware of is put your purse in your car and lock it then put your groceries in your trunk." Carol says all women are targets. Her best advice is don't keep identifiable information in your purse, and don't let it out of your sight. In her case, she is giving up purses all together. "I'm not going to carry a purse. I'm going to get a wallet. I'm not going to carry a purse ever again. Your whole life is in there."

Police are still looking for the suspects in this case. They believe two males and one female may be involved possibly driving a white Ford Taurus, or a white truck. If you have any information about any of these robberies, you're asked to call Crime Line at (806) 741-1000.

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