A suspect caught on camera snatching purses and cards around the Valley is now behind bars.
Kingsburg Police say 40-year-old Rachel Parra is responsible for the string of thefts. Surveillance video inside Trinkets & Treasures in Kingsburg shows the swift moments Parra swipes a purse from behind the county. The purse belonged owner Julia Bridges. She lost more than $1,000 worth of items.
“I couldn’t get in my new vehicle because she had my keys, I had no license because she had my purse and all my cards and it’s sad when you have to go get a key for your own business to be able to get out of it,” said Bridges.
The Trinkets & Treasures theft happened in January. Over the course of the next five months, Parra was caught on camera using a quiet glass breaker device, stealing purses from locked cars.
“Some of these cars had alarm systems but again, with these glass breaking devices it’s not enough force to be able to sound off the alarms in time,” said Kingsburg Police Detective Lee Forlines.
Video shows her breaking into cars behind Modal Drug Store in Kingsburg then doing the same in the parking lot of Lincoln Elementary School.
“It was within a few minutes drive, I think the crime of opportunities present themselves to those who are looking for them,” said Forlines.
She then went shopping at Home Depot in Selma and then Walmart, where investigators got a clear video of Parra using stolen credit cards, leading them to her arrest.
“It makes it sad when people do that because everybody gets a little nervous,” said Bridges.
For Bridges, her arrest finally gives her a peace of mind.
“My biggest fear is she would continue to do it to other people and that made me sad because it’s very inconvenient,” said Bridges.