A 76-year-old woman shopping at a Roxboro Walmart Monday was robbed of her purse and other belongings after she fell asleep in the store, police said Wednesday.
Roxboro Police Chief Todd Boycher said Queen Walters had been using a scooter to shop at the store, at 1049 Durham Road, and that she became groggy from medication she has been taking before she undergoes rotator cuff surgery.
“I was never that sick before,” she said. “That medicine is no good, and I hope my doctor is looking at this. He gave me too strong a medicine.”
Store surveillance video showed Walters leaning back and asleep on the scooter when a man approached her, looked around and then took her purse. Inside were her keys, credit card, license, a significant amount of cash and medication.
“Instead of doing the right thing and checking on her condition or letting someone know, he reaches in her cart, gets her purse and walks off with it,” Boycher said.
Employees found Walters sometime later in the back of the store.
Walters said it’s going to be a hassle to replace all the belongings from her stolen purse.
“I know he’s going to keep the money, (but) give me my credentials back. I have to go through all that trouble to get everything back,” she said. “He’s got my cellphone, everything, my driver’s license. He also got the keys to my house and car.”
Boycher said he hopes surveillance footage will help investigators identify a suspect. Anyone who recognizes the man is asked to call Roxboro police.