A woman accused of stealing purses from three people in Colorado Springs in September is part of a national crime ring, according to police.
Police said the thefts happened September 15 at Whole Foods, TJ Maxx, and Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar. Police said Pamela Pomar, 32, and another person stole the purses while the victims were shopping. Pomar and the other person are also suspects in a theft at a Castle Rock Panera on the same day.
“It’s important for us to be aware this is happening,” Lt. Howard Black with CSPD said. “You can have a team of people doing different distractions to and preventing you from keeping an eye on your purse or wallet.”
In one case, they stole a 71-year-old woman’s wallet from her purse and charged more than $2,500 on her credit cards
Pomar is wanted on a warrant for theft, identity theft, and crimes against an at-risk adult. Police are seeking a warrant against the second suspect.
Police said Pomar, a Peruvian national, is a convicted felon and has previously been deported. She is associated with a group of about two dozen Peruvian nationals who commit these crimes across the country, usually targeting elderly women, according to police.
Police said Pomar herself has been linked to eight other cases in Colorado and 17 nationwide in the past four years.