Search is on for St. Pete purse thieves

St. Petersburg, Florida -- Police are searching for a pair of purse thieves who were caught on video.

Investigators say the man and woman first tried to steal designer purses from the Marshalls store at 2036 66th Street N. on Saturday afternoon. The couple tried to get away with several designer purses worth about $3,000 but when their efforts to distract the manager didn't work, they left empty-handed.

About a half hour later at 1:10 p.m., the same pair entered a T.J.Maxx at 2066 Tyrone Boulevard. In this case, a manager tried to stop the man as he ran out of the store, holding several designer purses. Surveillance video shows the suspect shoving another manager aside, who fell and suffered some injuries.

Police consider this a case of strong armed robbery.

Surveillance video:

The man, about 22-28 years old and 5'11" and 225 pounds, was last seen wearing a gray Tampa Bay Rays hat, white t-shirt, white shorts, white sneakers and a white wrist watch. Police describe him as having a "feminine" voice.

The woman, about 24-30 years old and 5'6" to 5'9" and 140-155 pounds, was last seen with her hair in a bun and wearing a pink dress and pink flip flops.

Their vehicle is described as an older model, faded green Ford Windstar, with a partial tag "CFG" from an unknown state.

Please contact Detective Pavelski at (727) 893-4823 or the Robbery Unit at (727) 893-7179 if you know the identity of the suspects.


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