Credit cards used by suspects an hour after theft, deputies say

- The Pasco Sheriff’s Office is asking for help identifying two people they said they’ve linked to a robbery in a Zephyrhills parking lot on Sunday. 

Detectives said the female victim arrived at an Applebees in Wesley Chapel and remained at the bar for about three hours. She left to go to a friend's apartment complex located on Teeview Lane in Zephryhills, when a female approached her and spoke to her around 2:30 a.m.

The stranger yanked the purse from the victim's arm, detectives said, and took off with her personal items, including her credit cards, and cellphone, deputies described. 

The Pasco Sheriff’s Office said the alleged attacker and a possible accomplice were caught on camera about an hour later using the victim’s stolen credit cards at three Walmarts, one in Pasco County and two in Hillsborough County. Detectives have released two stills from surveillance footage of the suspected pair, one is from black and white footage, a second is in color. 

If you think you recognize the suspects you’re asked to call Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay at 1-800-873-8477 or submit an online tip: http://www.crimestopperstb.com.

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