Tuesday’s robbery was a routine trip to the Marco Island grocery store.

One of the suspects displayed ketchup on the body of her car. And when her attention was distracted, suddenly her wallet was stolen.

WINK News spoke with Marco Island resident John Schneider about what happened.

“It’s not good. I wouldn’t expect that to happen on Marco Island,” Schneider said.

Marco Island police said two people are part of a trio who were distracted to steal from a woman. The victim was putting away groceries when a man wearing a Covid mask approached her in the Publix parking lot and said there was ketchup on the bumper.

While pulling away, the other man opened her car door, grabbing her purse.

Publix parking lot where the theft occurred. CREDIT: WINK News

Molly H., another Marco Island resident, spoke to WINK News about what she does to stay safe in similar public situations.

“I try to be as careful as possible … and I lock my car and you know, I carry a crossbody bag or I keep things in my pocket. That’s the kind of thing I try to stay on top of,” Molly said.

According to police, the female suspect was acting as a bystander in the parking lot.

Closer attention to two theft suspects. CREDIT: CITY OF MARK ISLAND

“I like to think I’m in the know, but maybe I’m not all the time. But that’s what I try to do and just be aware of your surroundings wherever you go, wherever you go,” Schneider said.

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