July 19, 2014 at 1:54 pm

Pickpockets strike Troy department store

Suspected purse thieves shown in surveillance video. Police are asking for public's help in identifying them. (Troy Police Dept.)

Troy Police are seeking the publicís help in identifying a couple who have allegedly been taking wallets from purses at various locations throughout the state.

So far the couple are believed to have struck in Detroit, Lansing, Grand Rapids and Holland. The latest location was the Kohlís store on John R. in Troy.

A female victim reported her wallet was stolen from her purse while she was shopping, police say. The male suspect approached her and distracted her by asking questions pertaining to his grandmother. While he was talking to the victim, a female suspect wearing hospital scrubs came up behind the victim and stole her wallet.

The two immediately used the victimís credit cards to buy gift cards from various stores including Target and Best Buy. These gift cards were then used to purchase computers and other electronic devices, police say.

Police believe the two were also responsible for a crime spree across the state between July 5 and July 8. During this time, fraudulent transactions have been traced back to the couple in various cities across the state.

Police believe the suspects are driving a red sedan, possibly a Pontiac Grand Prix. The female suspect tends to wear hospital scrubs during the thefts, they say. The male suspect is described as possibly in his late forties. A third suspect, who drives the vehicle, is described only as a bald man.

Anyone with information into their identity, call Detective Todd Gustke at the Troy Police Department at (248) 680-7283 or at the Troy Police Anonymous Tip Line at (248) 524-0777.

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Suspected driver of the vehicle. (Troy Police Dept.)
The suspect vehicle is a red sedan possibly a Pontiac Grand Prix. (Troy Police Dept.)