LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it is a good idea to pause for just a second and think about your surroundings. Police are seeing a rash of robberies lately where folks are confronted in parking lots after shopping.
On Sunday, December 1, in the parking lot of a Kroger on New Cut Road, a woman had her purse snatched while sitting in her car. Police arrested Dylan Rowe and returned the handbag to its owner. They said quick thinking by some Good Samaritans may have helped.
"My first instinct was to draw as much attention from other people in the parking lot and holler to stop this guy, he just stole a purse," said Kenny Mahoney, a witness you yelled for help.
In another robbery, police say another woman was targeted while shopping at Kroger. New charges have been added to Demesha Hicks who police say broke a woman's while taking her purse.
Police say Hicks, 27, who is facing charges in three other robberies, charged over $1,000 worth of items on the victim's credit card. Investigators say Hicks targeted women in their 70s and 80s. She would kick and punch her victims before robbing them. Court documents say Hicks dragged one woman and broke the shoulder of another.
Tim McGurk, a Kroger spokesman, said the company takes customer security very seriously.
"Every Kroger store has security personnel on staff," said McGurk. "Sometimes they are in uniform, sometimes they are undercover."
In a third robbery, an 80-year old man on a walker was roughed up and robbed in the parking lot of an Outback Steakhouse a little over a month ago. Police say Richard Smith asked the victim for money. Court documents say when the victim gave Smith $10, Smith followed the man and robbed him.
Surveillance video helped police make an arrest on November 29.