Calgary men charged in 9 grocery store purse thefts – Global News

Calgary men charged in 9 grocery store purse thefts - Global News
Alleged purse snatchers face 71 charges each in Calgary
Two Calgary men are facing dozens of charges after a series of purse thefts in grocery store parking lots across the city.

Calgary police allege the suspects would approach victims as they loaded their vehicle with groceries, taking purses from their shopping carts or cars.

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In a Friday news release, the Calgary Police Service explained the nine thefts happened between Sunday, Feb. 3, and Friday, March 8.

If you witness a crime or are the victim of a crime, please report the incident to the police non-emergency number, 403-266-1234, or Crime Stoppers anonymously using any of the following methods.

In all nine cases, the same two men were seen on CCTV footage making purchases at retail businesses with victims stolen credit cards shortly after each incident, the CPS stated.

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Police say in all nine cases, Gillis and Page were seen on CCTV video making purchases at businesses with victims stolen credit cards shortly after each incident.

Anyone who suspects they too may have been a victim of a purse theft is asked to call the Calgary police non-emergency number at 403-266-1234 or to contact Crime Stoppers.

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"It is believed the men would approach a shopper loading purchased items into their vehicle and steal the victim's purse from their shopping cart or from the unattended front seat of their vehicle," police said in a release Friday.

Police said the suspects were caught on security video making purchases with stolen credit cards at nearby businesses shortly after each theft. 

Steven Craig Gillis, 38 and Scott Robert Page, 29, both from Calgary, are each charged with 71 offences, including two counts of robbery, seven counts of theft and 31 counts of use of a stolen credit card.

Steven Craig Gillis, 38, and Scott Robert Page, 29, both face multiple charges of robbery, theft, possession of stolen property and use of a stolen credit card.

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In all these cases, the same two men were seen on video surveillance purchasing numerous items with credit cards stolen from the purses.