Investigators with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office are investigating two purse snatchings that took place four days apart at the Silver Sands Premium Outlet Mall. The first incident occurred on Tuesday, October 15th and the second took place on Friday, October 18th. Both incidents occurred while the victims were eating and a male subject approached the area, grabbed the purse and ran off. In the second incident, the suspect is described as a tan male, wearing a light grey shirt, jeans, buzz cut hairstyle, dark eyebrows and looked to be in his late teens or early twenties. At this time, investigators are following all leads.
Anyone with any information regarding this incident and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward of UP TO $1,000 is asked to call Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 863-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com, text “TIP214 plus your tip” to 274637(CRIMES) or send a mobile tip using our new “Tipsubmit Mobile” application, which is a free download for iPhones, iPads, and Droids. (Text STOP to 274637 to cancel. Text HELP to 274637 for help. Msg&Data Rates May Apply.)
With the upcoming holiday season this is a prime time for crime. The Sheriff’s Office is asking citizens to please be vigilant, be aware of your surroundings and keep your personal belongings close to you. The following crime prevention tips are helpful for your personal safety:
· Park your car in a well-lit area and be aware of your surroundings.
- Carry only the credit cards you intend to use and avoid carrying large sums of money.
- Never leave packages or valuables in your vehicle that are visible.
- While out and about, present an alert appearance.
- There is safety in numbers……so shop with friends or relatives.
- Carry the day’s most expensive purchases closest to your body, and don’t carry so much you lose the ability to react quickly.