While this type of crime is not new, it has increased greatly in the Central Florida area over the last several months. CVS and Walgreens parking lots are prime targets as these are quick stop type places. Usually people are more carefree when pulling up to run in and buy some cough medicine or a gallon of milk real quick. They sometimes leave the purse, cellphone or even leave the car running. When going shopping at a Walmart or Publix, everything goes with and the car gets locked so there typically has to be a window break and the larger store lots have cameras 24/7.
It was Friday night at about 11pm, the CVS was not busy but a steady traffic. We pull up in a Cadillac DTS in front of the Redbox area, we get out, her with no handbag as I was standing where normally paying and actually we weren’t buying anything, we were going in to find out if they could take passport photos at that time. We left our large but quiet French mastiff in the car with tinted windows and the windows cracked about 4- 5 inches or so all around. We waited about 20 seconds for the cashier to finish and asked if she could do passport photos. The answer was no, so we exited the store and upon exiting a stocky male was walking fast, leaving the left side of my car, seemed to be startled by the dog. He walked, in an almost fast jog back to his car which was parked on the same side but away from the other cars. As he opened his door, he stopped and looked at us to see what our reaction would be and if we noticed he was a criminal parasite.
We got a description of his car and he took off. it was only about 1 month earlier that someone we know was at another CVS in a similar vicinity with her sister. They ran in for a couple of bottled waters, however this time upon returning to the car her brand new pocketbook was gone with cash, credit cards, keys, cell phone and ID.
The criminals will sit in the lots and wait for people to run in and watch if they brought a handbag or not. They will sit during certain times such as Friday or Saturday evenings doing surveillance on unknowing people in order to do the snatch as quick as possible, run to their car and take off.
It is advised to lock your car no matter where or how long the visit will be. These criminals will continue to take advantage of the vulnerable places like CVS and Walgreens, among any other run in quick type places.