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She bought candy for his cause. Then he stole the wallet she left behind, police say.

Camera catches man accused of snatching wallet

On Nov. 1, 2017, a male subject was raising funds through candy bar sales near the entrance/exit vestibule at the Shop ‘n Save, located at 5780 South Lindbergh. A female who donated money to his cause left her wallet there after completing her tra
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On Nov. 1, 2017, a male subject was raising funds through candy bar sales near the entrance/exit vestibule at the Shop ‘n Save, located at 5780 South Lindbergh. A female who donated money to his cause left her wallet there after completing her tra

Police on Thursday were looking for a man who was selling candy bars for a fundraiser outside a grocery store when he allegedly stole a customer’s wallet.

The video provided by St. Louis County Police shows a man selling candy bars at the entrance of a Shop ‘n Save grocery store at 5780 South Lindbergh on Nov. 1. A woman came up to buy a candy bar, but accidentally left her wallet behind as she left the store.

At approximately 4:15 p.m., the video shows the man realizing the wallet is there, taking it and placing it in his box full of candy bars. Later, the woman’s credit cards were used in unauthorized transactions, police said.

St. Louis County Police shared the video in the hope that someone can identify the man or the fundraiser in which he was participating. The organization apparently had a verbal arrangement to sell the candy bars at the store, according to police, but the records were unclear.

The sign hanging in front of the man’s table appeared to say “Young Ambassadors Vocational Program,” but variations on that phrase appear in several groups’ names in St. Louis.

Anyone with information can contact the Affton Southwest Precinct at 314-638-5550.

Elizabeth Donald: 618-239-2507, @BNDedonald

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