Woman pleads crook to give back stolen rosary

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A woman had just left her father’s funeral when a thief on a motorcycle targeted her outside a grocery store.

He took her purse and inside was her Dad’s favorite belonging.

Sherri Wells didn’t think twice when she put her purse in her shopping cart leaving Smith’s.

“A guy in a motorcycle came up behind me like he was going to run into me,” said Wells.

Startled, she said she jumped back.

“He reached into my grocery cart and grabbed my purse,” said Wells.

The thief sped away from the store at Paseo and Wyoming, leaving her without credit cards, cash and the one thing that really mattered.

“In my purse was my Dad’s rosary, which was actually the only thing I had taken with me as kind of a memory, keepsake,” said Wells.

It was a link between Wells and her Dad.

“He always had it with him,” said Wells. “He had it under his pillow and I can just kind of see that when I think about him.”

As unexpected as motorcycle purse snatching was to Wells, police said it has been happening for months around town.

“Just be aware at all times because these motorcycles are getting real close, grabbing purses and then going,” said Wells.

Wells hopes police can catch the crook, but she’s also pleading directly to him.

“I really want that rosary back, it’s just like the only keepsake I have of my Dad,” said Wells.

The one memory of her father Wells could touch.

APD said it’s gotten other reports about thieves on motorcycles targeting people in parking lots lately.

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