Nov. 28--Tips from the public led Santa Fe police to issue arrest warrants for two women suspected of snatching purses from shoppers' grocery carts on four different occasions this month.
Detectives issued arrest warrants this week for Deanna Holt, 32, and Darlene Martinez, 54, who are suspected in thefts that occurred Nov. 5 and Nov. 19. Both women are from Española.
Police said the two women could face charges including receiving stolen property, conspiracy, credit-card theft, fraudulent use of a credit card and larceny.
Two purse snatchings were reported around 12:45 p.m. Nov. 19 at Whole Foods Market, 753 Cerrillos Road.
The two other cases occurred Nov. 5. The first was reported at about 12:30 p.m. at Trader's Joe, 530 W. Cordova Road, police said. About half an hour later, police said, the thieves went to the Whole Foods Market on Cerrillos Road and stole another purse.
Each victim told detectives that her purse was in her shopping cart when she stepped away for a second to pick up an item from a shelf, but the purse was gone when she turned around.
After the Nov. 19 thefts, the thieves went to Target, 3550 Zafarano Drive, and tried to use two credit cards that belonged to victims, police said.
Police said one of the credit cards was declined, but the thieves were able to use the second one to buy merchandise.
Authorities said the two women also have used cash from the stolen purses to make purchases at other Santa Fe stores. Police didn't say how much money the women stole or what they bought with it.
Investigators released surveillance-camera images of the women walking out of Target carrying merchandise. They also released a surveillance image of a white car that witnesses told police the women rode in.
Santa Fe police ask that anyone who knows the suspects' whereabouts call Detective B. Rodriguez at 955-5234.
Contact Uriel Garcia at 986-3062 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @ujohnnyg.
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