HOUSTON - Houston police are looking for a purse thief who robbed a woman outside the Hong Kong City Mall in broad daylight and made quick use of her credit cards.
Mai Pham says she was walking in the parking lot of the mall on Bellaire Boulevard near Wilcrest Drive around 1:30 Wednesday afternoon when a thief pushed her aside and grabbed her purse from a shopping cart.
It had her wallet inside and the crook went to work with her credit cards soon after.
"They've already hit Marshall's, Ross, Shoe Carnival," Pham said. "They're at a Shoe Carnival at Almeda Genoa."
Pham has hopes the thief will be tracked down soon with the help of a photo she's posted on social media.
"There was a witness who didn't see what happened to me but saw the guy running, saw them hop in the car, saw them speeding off, followed him, and got the license plate," Pham said.
The thief got away with some of Pham's personal items that were in the purse. That includes a camera with priceless photos she fears she'll never see again. But she hopes this ordeal serves as a lesson for others.
"In order to be a victim you feel like you need to be in the dark somewhere in an isolated place," Pham said. "This was (in) broad daylight."
The suspect is described as black male in his 20s -- between five feet,eight inches and 5 feet, 10-inches tall with a slim build.
Pham said he was wearing a hoodie pulled over a red bomber jacket -- and he had on jeans and tennis shoes.
The vehicle they believe he escaped in was a red Nissan Rogue with Florida license plates. If you have any information you are asked to call Houston police.
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