Do you know this woman? As this video shows, she walked into Curtin secondhand bookstore Beyond Q last Tuesday and brazenly stole a staff member’s handbag from its storage locker, apparently with the aid of two accomplices also visible in the footage.
RiotACT spoke today to the affected staff member, a grandmother who works at the bookstore just one day a week, and was taken aback by her kindly reaction to the miserable scenario that saw her lose a handbag and its contents including sunglasses, a wallet containing cash and cards, her mobile phone and photographs of her grandchildren.
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Talking to RiotACT while continuing to stack bookshelves, the woman admonished herself for not locking the handbag in its storage compartment, and acknowledged that Christmas can be a difficult time for many Canberrans.
“People are doing it tough at this time of year,” she said.
She was also not greatly surprised by the turn of events.
“It’s very common in retail,” she said. “They know where staff keep their bags.”
If you can identify the woman or her companions, please contact ACT Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via actcrimestoppers.com.au