Florence Police Looking for Mother’s Day Bandit

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CRIME OF THE WEEK: Florence Police are searching for a man who racked up quite a shopping bill on Mother’s Day. The bad thing is, he probably wasn’t shopping for his mom, nor was he shopping on his own dime.


In surveillance video the suspect is seen strolling into Walmart on Hough Road like he has no care in the world. Police said he had just stolen a credit card from a purse at Payless Shoes in Florence Mall and went to do some shopping of his own.

In his first trip to Walmart, investigators said he and three women purchased lots of prepaid phone cards. He then went to a convenience store and purchased cartons of cigarettes.

The bandit then returned to Walmart and purchased the same items before the credit card was shut down. Investigators hope you can help identify him or the women he was with.

If you recognize any of these people, don’t hesitate to call or text the Shoals Area Crime Stoppers tip line. Each caller is kept anonymous and eligible for cash rewards.

The tip line is (256)386-8685. You can also text your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), in the message type tip1293 and your information.

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