Longmont police on Thursday tracked a cell phone to the home of a man who matches a description of a robber who stole a woman’s purse in the store’s parking lot on Wednesday night.
The woman recovered her cell phone, but police are seeking help from members of the public to find her wallet and car keys.
Officers were dispatched to a store on the 1600 block of Hover Street around 5:14 p.m. Wednesday after receiving a call of a robbery, according to police spokeswoman Robin Erickson.
“The victim was moving his purchases to his car when a stranger called for help,” Ericsson said in an email. “The woman said she didn’t need help. The unknown party grabbed her purse from her shoulder and ran with it. The victim tried to grab her purse. Unidentified person. robbed him of his wallet and fled the scene.”
The robbers took the woman’s iPhone, a maroon wallet and keys.
Using a phone locator app, the family traced the victim’s phone to the 2900 block of Bowline Place and gave the exact location to police. Officers contacted a resident at the address, a 19-year-old man who denied leaving the house or having a phone.
On Thursday afternoon, officers watched a security video of the stolen store. The robber in the video was wearing the same clothes that the 19-year-old man was wearing, Erickson said. With a search warrant, officers recovered his iPhone, but not the stolen wallet and keys.
Police are asking anyone who finds a set of keys and a maroon wallet on 17th Street and Hover District to call 303-651-8555 and refer to Longmont Police Report 22-11119.