BEVERLY HILLS—Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department Wilshire Police Station are asking the general public for help in identifying a grand theft suspect that was caught stealing on video.

On Tuesday, October 17,  the Los Angeles Police Department released surveillance footage to the public showing two thefts taking place inside a Whole Foods grocery store in the Mid-Wilshire area over the weekend. According to the LAPD, the thefts occurred on September 10, between the hours of 1:05 p.m. and 3:25 p.m. at the Whole Foods located on the 6300 block of West 3rd Street in Los Angeles.

According to the LAPD Blog, the targeted victims were female shoppers who placed their purses in their shopping carts while looking at items on the shelves. During both incidents, the unidentified man approached his victims from behind, while their backs were turned, and reached into their purses taking their wallets as he calmly walked away.

The suspect is described by the LAPD as a 30 to 40-year-old African-American male, with black hair, and brown eyes. He is stands approximately 5 foot and 11 inches tall and weighs around 180 pounds. Surveillance video from the store shows that the suspect was wearing a white shirt, gray pants and black tennis shoes with white soles on the day of the incident.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Detective R. Hernandez or Detective J. Cardenas at 213-922-8216. During non-business hours, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Those who wish to provide tips anonymously can do so by contacting Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or by visiting, and selecting the “Anonymous Web Tips” option.