Police search for handbag thieves after three women were targeted at East Victoria Park shopping center

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Police are trying to track down brazen thieves following a series of handbag break-ins at a shopping center in East Victoria Park on Saturday.

Three women were targeted by the thieves throughout the afternoon, who snatched their purses and purses with their backs turned.

An octogenarian had her purse stolen while unloading her groceries around 2 p.m.

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She was parked in a handicap bay at the north end of the mall on Albany Highway and put her bag in the trunk.

Two women approached the vehicle and stole the purse.

Almost three hours later, a woman in her 30s realized her handbag was missing after putting her groceries in the car at the same center. She first went home, but came back to check if she had been left in a cart.

The purse was seized and the woman’s debit card was used twice at a nearby bottle shop.

In another incident earlier today, a 45-year-old woman left her handbag in a trolley while browsing nearby.

When she turned around, she saw a woman holding her purse.

After being spotted, the thief dropped the purse and fled in a silver Holdon Commodore sedan.

It is believed that several shoppers witnessed the attempted burglary and may have taken videos or photos of the attacker.

Police have urged anyone with information about the three incidents to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestopperswa.com.au.

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