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Investigators are requesting information on the identity of this woman in connection with the theft of a purse from a grocery store.

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CHAMPAIGN — Champaign County Crime Stoppers needs help finding the person who stole a woman’s purse from a shopping cart and used her credit cards.

About 3:05 p.m. Tuesday, an older woman reported that her purse had been stolen from her cart at Aldi, 801 W. Interstate Drive, C.

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Police are hoping to identify this woman in connection with a purse snatching at a grocery store.

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Police are hoping to identify this woman in connection with a purse snatching at a grocery store.

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Police are hoping to identify a woman who drove this vehicle, in connection with a purse snatching at a grocery store.

The woman said she was distracted by a man asking her questions, and when she turned back to her cart, her purse was gone.

Credit cards from her purse were later used at Walgreens in Mahomet to buy more than $1,000 in merchandise. The person who stole the purse was captured on video.

The person appeared to be an older black female with gray hair, 5 feet tall, and weighing approximately 175 pounds. She was last seen wearing a blue jacket and pants with a black shirt.

Investigators are seeking the public’s help identifying her.

If you have any information regarding this crime you may contact Crime Stoppers at 217-373-TIPS, 373tips.com or via the P3 Tips mobile app.

Tipsters are always completely anonymous when contacting Crime Stoppers. All tips are electronically stripped of any personally identifying information and processed by a third-party answering service.

Tipsters will never be asked their name and are given a secret code number to use when checking on a possible reward. Cash rewards of up to $1,000 may be paid on tips that lead to an arrest.

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Mary Schenk is a reporter covering police, courts and breaking news at The News-Gazette. Her email is mschenk@news-gazette.com, and you can follow her on Twitter (@schenk).