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Police Searching For Wal-Mart Wallet Snatcher

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SAGINAW (CBS 11 NEWS) - It was a typical Sunday afternoon of shopping at Wal-Mart on Saginaw-Main for Karen Miller and Angela Huizenga.

“Had my purse and belongings setting directly in front of me,” says Miller. “Had my hands on the shopping cart.”

Huizenga says she wasn’t doing anything all that different, “I had my wallet I know when I got there. I actually did not realize it was gone until I was checking out.”

Miller and Huizenga aren’t longtime friends.

In fact, up until Sunday afternoon the two Saginaw women didn’t even know each other, but they quickly found out they have a lot in common.

Miller is a principal at Lake Worth ISD and Huizenga is a first grade teacher at Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD.

“You don’t think something like that will happen to you,” says Huizenga. “I don’t remember anyone bumping into me.”

Saginaw police say a man swiped both women’s wallets and then went on a shopping spree around town.

Investigators have surveillance video from the Wal-Mart, but would only release a still picture to CBS 11 News.

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The picture is in black and white and shows a man with a beard, glasses and hat leaving the store.

For Miller, what hurt the most was what she had in her wallet.

She says she had a very special Christmas gift stashed for her mom given to her by her brother.

She had two tickets worth nearly $400 to an Andrea Bocelli concert in November.

“That was gonna be a once in a lifetime event for us now those tickets are gone,” says Miller. “I put them in my bill fold and thought that would be a safe place for them. Apparently it was not.”

The two women fear there may be other victims and are hoping the suspect is caught before he targets any more people.

“We work very hard for what we do and the money we get and to have it just taken from us it was just devastating,” says Miller.

Investigators say they are trying to identify the suspect.

If you have any information call 817-232-0311.

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