CORAL GABLES (cbs4) – Two days, two purse snatchings in the light of day in Coral Gables.

‪Police say they have surveillance video of one of the crimes and a sketch of one of the thieves in the other.

Eduardo Quesada says the surveillance cameras outside his restaurant rolled ‪Sunday afternoon as two women — one of whom is 81 years old — walked in a parking lot near Giralda Avenue. ‪Seconds later, the video shows a white car drive into frame, reverse and, with a door open, a man gets out of the car.

‪In a flash, the man returns, running with a bag in his hand. Police say the purse belongs to the elderly woman. The video shows the‪ car speeding off as one of the women comes running for help.

“‪They just disappear like that,” Quesada said. “‪We’re gonna need more police presence around here.”

‪Just a few blocks from Giralda Avenue, police say on Saturday thieves targeted another victim — this time a woman leaving the Courtyard Marriott Hotel on Navarre Avenue. ‪Police say thieves stole her purse and when she ran after the bad guys, investigators say they dragged her with their car through the parking lot.

‪Police say the woman suffered cuts on her face and body.

‪Police are concerned about the crimes and so are people who visit Coral Gables.

“‪It happens anywhere and everywhere,” said tourist Joshua Arroyo. “That’s why we have to be aware of our surroundings.”

“‪It is scary,” said Rosie Lopez. “You’ve got think twice before you head out.”

‪Coral Gables Police want to stop these purse snatchings. ‪If you can help them solve these cases call Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS.


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