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Police: Man Uses Chipotle Bag To Smuggle Purse From Restaurant

Posted On May 15, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

Harrison Police Dept.

Harrison Police Dept.

(Harrison, Oh.) – The old saying “finders keepers” doesn’t apply in the case of a man who swiped a forgotten purse at a Harrison restaurant.

A southeast Indiana woman had gone to lunch at the Chipotle on Ring Road in Harrison at about 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 10. By the time she had left and arrived home, the woman realized she had accidentally left her purse at the restaurant, says Harrison Police Detective Norb Koopman.

As police investigated, they learned that an employee had seen a man place the purse in a Chipotle bag and exit the restaurant. The suspect was seen leaving in a gray Honda four-door car with an Ohio plate.

Surveillance video showed the man going to the cashier counter to retrieve the bag which the purse was hidden in. Police describe him as white, in his late 30s, 5’10” to 6’0” tall, about 200 lbs., shaved head, and a tattoo on his right arm. He was wearing a black sleeveless shirt and shorts.

As of May 14, the purse’s owner said she had not heard from anybody willing to return the purse, which contained a checkbook, credit cards, cash, and various licenses.

Anybody who has information that can help investigators identify a suspect is asked to call Harrison Police Det. Norb Koopman at (812) 367-3715.