By David Highfield

SCOTT TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — Police are looking for two women and two men whom they believe worked as a team to steal at least two women’s wallets and then go on shopping sprees.

Scott Township police say two men stole an elderly woman’s wallet out of her purse at the Panera Bread. One of them men asked if the woman would go into the ladies’ room to tell his daughter to come out. When she said yes, “He started to praise her, actually came up to her and gave her a hug,” said Sgt. Jeff Skees. “Couple seconds later, she realized that her wallet was missing from her purse. She’s sure the other gentleman unzipped her purse and took her wallet.”

Police say the men were seen getting into a white Mercury with two women and then went on a shopping spree. They allegedly bought more than $12,000 worth of merchandise from stores such as Best Buy, Office Depot, Home Depot, Walgreen’s and the Apple store at South Hills Village. They even allegedly bought more than $600 worth of champagne at the Wine and Spirits store. Police say they used her cards for two hours until they had been reported stolen.

Police in Scott say there was a similar incident believed to involve the same four people. A woman’s wallet was stolen out of her purse on the back of her chair at the Starbucks in Collier.

Sgt. Skees says store security video shows the women and the two men as well. Skees says the women were both wearing what appeared to be nurse’s smocks. If you recognize the suspects, call Scott Township police.

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