Police seek 2nd 'stroller bandit' suspect

June 25, 2011 at 2:09 PM
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LOS ANGELES, June 25 (UPI) -- Los Angeles police say they have apprehended one of two women dubbed the "baby stroller bandits" for allegedly stealing wallets from shopping mothers.

Los Angeles' KTLA-TV reported Saturday police said they had arrested Bertha Dona Vargas, 55, of West Covina Friday morning. Authorities were still looking for her alleged accomplice, identified in media reports both as Guadalupe Castro and Norma Lizette Reyes, 51, of Silverlake.

Investigators said the women are suspected of committing several thefts in Los Angeles' Fashion District since April by distracting mothers and stealing wallets from purses left in baby strollers, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

Lt. Paul Vernon said the women, who were identified from images released of the suspects, were not home when search warrants were served Wednesday and they may be "holed up with relatives or friends in the area."

Vernon said Vargas had previously been arrested for stealing a wallet from a baby stroller.

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