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Authorities search for man accused of ripping off elderly woman at Walmart
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Authorities search for man accused of ripping off elderly woman at Walmart

Authorities search for man accused of ripping off elderly woman at Walmart

Authorities search for man accused of ripping off elderly woman at Walmart

Right now, the search is on for a man accused of ripping off an elderly woman at a local Wal-mart.

The Clay County Sheriff's office says last week a white male reached into a woman's purse and stole her wallet and cell phone at the Walmart on Brannan Field Road.

Authorities say just an hour later the suspect and a female companion returned to the store to use a stolen ATM card.

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