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Police seek couple accused of purse snatching

7:23 PM, Jan 28, 2014   |    comments
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LONGMONT - Police are looking for a man and woman who they say took a purse from a 75-year-old woman's shopping cart.

Edward Finney, 26, and Elizabeth Curry, 31, were bonded out from a different case and have not been seen since.

The two suspects can be seen on surveillance video Jan. 13 entering a Longmont Safeway. When Curry exits, roughly 90 seconds later, she has a purse in her hands.

"This just shows how quickly someone can enter a store, steal a purse and leave. They're going in there for one purpose, and that's to victimize somebody," Longmont Police Commander Jeff Satur said.

The victim's daughter, Melony, spoke to 9NEWS by phone Tuesday and said her mother is elderly and disabled. She says her mother had left chicken on top of her purse in the cart and had stepped a few feet away in the aisle when the purse vanished.

"She's in tears," Melony said. "How can they do this to anyone, let alone an elderly person?"

Police arrested Finney and Curry in Westminster after the two had allegedly used the victim's checks to buy gift cards. They were stopped trying to buy iPads at a Best Buy.

The two then bonded out.

"Between the time we got the information, they had already been released in the other case," Satur said.

Police believe Finney and Curry are living in the Denver/Brighton area.

They are wanted on a felony charge of theft from an at-risk adult, according to police.

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