UPDATED: Images Show Suspected Thieves Who Made Off With Woman's Purse, Dead Son's Toys, in Murrieta

Police say that a couple were caught on camera at multiple stores in Temecula using a credit card stolen from the same purse which contained the toys.

The couple seen in this photo are believed to have used a credit card taken from the same purse which contained a grieving mother's toys that once belonged to her baby boy.  Photo courtesy:  Murrieta Police Department.
The couple seen in this photo are believed to have used a credit card taken from the same purse which contained a grieving mother's toys that once belonged to her baby boy. Photo courtesy: Murrieta Police Department.
Update: 3:30 p.m.:

Patch has obtained additional surveillance images of the suspects, which have been added to this post.

Police believe that the man and women were driving a white Dodge Stratus sedan, seen at the gas station.  The two also walked into that gas station, and inside store photos are here as well.


Editor's Note
, April 4, 2014, 9:20 a.m.:   A previous version of this story posted 
April 3 at 10:35 p.m. indicated that the suspects were possibly driving a truck.  However, it's now believed that the camera footage was linked to the wrong gas pump.  We're working on getting any new possible photos of the vehicle.  

Murrieta Police have released surveillance images of a couple caught on camera allegedly using a stolen credit card that was taken this week in town— taken from the same purse which contained priceless items for one local woman.

As Patch first reported Wednesday, Ashley Norris' purse was taken from a locker at the Murrieta LA Fitness on Monday.  Inside were toys she carried with her at all times which belonged to her baby boy who died unexpectedly last year.

"I carry [Timothy's] toys everywhere with me, in a way it brings me comfort knowing I have something of his that I always have with me," she told Patch.

Norris says she believes the purse was nabbed around 11:45 a.m.  Shortly thereafter, her stolen card was used at a few nearby businesses, according to Murrieta police and Norris.

"Unknown suspects(s), driving the above pictured truck, used the victim's stolen credit card at the Shell gas station located at 26680 Ynez Rd, Temecula," a Murrieta Police bulletin states.

Then, the two headed over to the Disney Store and Foot Locker at Temecula's Promenade Mall, where they used the card again, according to police.

Fortunately, surveillance cameras at both the gas station and Foot Locker caught the suspects on tape, and police were able to pull the images you see attached to this article.  

The man is described as Hispanic, in his mid-40s, about 6 foot 3 inches tall, weighing about 250 pounds.  He had a thick mustache and goatee.

The woman is described as Hispanic, light skinned, in her mid-30s, about 5 food 4 inches tall, weighing about 140 pounds.  She had long brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone who may know who these people are is asked to contact Murrieta Police Det. Durrant at (951) 461‐6354.

"I couldn't care less about the purse and all the other contents, they are all replaceable, my sons toys are not," Norris told Patch when we first reported the theft. "The toys are the only things I really want back."

Ashley Norris April 08, 2014 at 11:37 AM
And justice for all- PLEASE, if you have not already done so, call Murrieta PD and speak to Detective Durrant. He is following up with any leads that come in. If we could get them on camera, and possibly find out their names through whatever card they are using, or even the license plate on their car, we may be able to find where they live and catch them.
trueconservative April 09, 2014 at 11:53 AM
It is amazing how many of these people come from outside the community. My daughter works retail and when they feel that someone is shady they try to see some form of ID to see where the people are coming from. It is amazing how many are from Orange County, San Diego County and the Los Angeles County area? I guess they feel they will be harder to find if someone is looking for them. When I read local arrest reports a lot of the criminals are from out of the area. I certainly will watch for them.
CB April 15, 2014 at 04:10 AM
AND JUSTICE FOR ALL- if they used a food stamp card, they would have to have used a PIN for it. If you havent already done so, contact PD and let them know which Circle K it was at, date & time, and that they used EBT. then they can look into their system who used an EBT card around that time and find them! Although i feel like the toys will likely not be found by now, these people still need to be caught.


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