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Woman steals purse, spends $2,000 at Nordstrom

Original post made on Oct 31, 2012

A woman walked into a downtown Palo Alto office building, stole a change purse from a desk drawer and promptly went on a $2,000 shopping spree at Nordstrom, a Palo Alto police spokesman said.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, October 31, 2012, 11:14 AM


Posted by saleha, a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Oct 31, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Okay, where's the photo?

Posted by Ducatigirl, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 31, 2012 at 3:34 pm

If it weren't so shocking it would be funny. I suppose if I sudenly came into free money, the first place I would go to is Nordy's.

Posted by MV Resident, a resident of Mountain View
on Oct 31, 2012 at 3:40 pm


She *had* to go to Nordy's.

Two grand doesn't go far at The Apple Store.


Posted by Wondering, a resident of Community Center
on Nov 1, 2012 at 10:31 am

My picture is on the front of my credit card. Good deterrent.

Posted by longtimeresident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 1, 2012 at 11:43 am

This happens in offices more than you might think. People need to be more proactive in their own surroundings.

Posted by Ducatigirl, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 1, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Even at Nordy's, she would have to be vigilant and buy things on sale!

Posted by EF, a resident of Gunn High School
on Nov 2, 2012 at 12:01 pm

This fits the description of the thief who stole my wallet out of my purse while I was eating at Siam Royal 2 weeks ago, then went on a several thousand dollar shopping spree at Target & Walmart. Note: She was able to use my credit cards despite my picture being on 2 of the cards, and despite her large purchases. NOTHING can prevent a thief from using your credit cards - not a picture on the card, not a note for the cashier to check ID - if the cashier doesn't even look at the card, and it seems that increasingly cashiers are not being required to do so!