"We are concerned. We're worried about going in and out at night. Not just at night but daylight now," says Danielle Miller, an employee at Heritage's Dairy Store in Runnemede. Workers there have reason to be afraid.
"One of our regular customers got their purse snatched outside," says Miller. It happened early Monday morning to a woman leaving the store. Miller says another worker heard the woman scream for help.
Investigators say the same thing happened at a Wawa on Berlin-Cross Keys Road in Sicklerville that same morning. Cameras at the store captured several shots of the man police believe is behind at least three purse snatchings in the area. The pictures aren't great but along with victim descriptions of the guy, police hope they have something to go on. Police are also investigating whether the same guy got a woman at an Aldi's supermarket on Blackhorse Pike in Turnersville in Washington Township. In that case the woman was carrying a child when a man armed with a box cutter cold-heartedly yanked her purse.
'It makes you very angry," said Betty Federise who shops at the Aldi's where it happened. She says she's keeping a watchful eye.
"I'm looking for the man. I have to be honest I'm looking. I wish I were there. I'm a firm believer now we all have to hang together."
Other women say they're shocked but not really afraid.
"No, I usually keep my stuff really close to me," said a woman jogging in the area.
Police say in at least two of the cases, the suspect took off in a blue or green Jeep Grand Cherokee.@