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Avon: Woman helps nab suspected purse thief

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado

AVON ” A woman whose purse was stolen saw the suspect and stopped to talk to him to buy time until Avon police arrived, said Krista Jaramillo, spokeswoman for the Avon Police Department.

The woman was driving when she saw 27-year-old Vail resident Riad Qarib, whom she suspected of stealing her purse, outside Radio Shack in Avon Saturday, Jaramillo said. The woman then called police.

“She says ‘hey, ‘I’m going to go in and talk to him,'” Jaramillo said.

On Thursday Qarib had come into the woman’s workplace in Avon, and talked to her, Jaramillo said. The woman later noticed her purse was missing and reported it to police.

Meanwhile, Qarib took the purse and went to Carniceria Tepic in Avon, where he ate lunch, Jaramillo said. He took credit cards and cash out of the woman’s purse, which he threw in the trash at the business, Jaramillo said.

Qarib then went to four other businesses in the Vail Valley and bought about $1,300 products with her credit cards, Jaramillo said. Avon police used surveillance video from Carniceria Tepic and credit card receipts to connect Qarib to the stolen purse and purchases when he was arrested Saturday, she said.

Employees of businesses always should ask for a person’s identification when a credit card is presented, Jaramillo said.

“Cardholders should respect and be prepared to show identification, rather than be mad or offended,” Jaramillo wrote in an e-mail. “It is a great safety feature for both the customer and the business.”

Qarib was arrested on suspicion of theft, unauthorized use of a credit card, tampering with evidence and possession of a controlled substance, because he had taken anti-anxiety pills for which he had no prescription, Jaramillo said. Other charges are pending after Qarib allegedly stole at least two other purses, one in Vail and one in Edwards, Jaramillo said.

Qarib was being held in Eagle County jail Tuesday night.

Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at (970) 748-2931 or slynn@vaildaily.com.

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