One day after a woman had a chain stolen from her neck in a Burlington Coat Factory parking lot, Sunrise Police warned shoppers of holiday theft.
"You have to know what's going on, don't be texting, don't be on the phone, pay attention, park in well-lit areas," said Michelle Eddy of Sunrise Police. "Don't bundle yourself down with packages, don't wear a lot of jewelry if you know you're going out shopping."
The advice came after Angie Barnaby had her $350 chain stolen from her after a Monday shopping trip.
"The victim was walking out to her car when a black male came up from behind her and tried to snatch her chain off of her," Eddy said.
Barnaby, who was able to remain calm, said the thief explained himself, even apologized, for the crime.
"I couldn't believe it – he had a look and he said, 'I need money for school clothes,'” Barnaby recalled.
Police said the man was spotted in recently released mall surveillance footage, and that a store’s loss prevention team took notice of his suspicious behavior.
"He kept walking in and out of racks in the store, so they kind of picked him up on their radar and was watching him, and then he exited Nordstrom,” Eddy said.
Sunrise Police believe the man responsible is between 18 to 20 years old, has a thin build, and is about 5-feet-9-inches tall.