LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Female employees at some Little Rock businesses lose their purses due to snatches from potential customers.
It's happened over the past few days at Spirited Art and The Lamp Shade on R Street in the Heights.
According to witnesses, two women come into the store and try to distract the employees by asking lots of questions and requesting to use the restroom.
Shortly afterward, they say a man comes in and snatch the purse -- perhaps the purse the two women spotted.
The trio then leaves in a white Mercedes SUV with a Tennessee license plate.
Nearby business owners said they tell their employees to watch for suspicious behavior.
"We're always looking at people coming and going. We're always looking at people coming into the store. We always greet them when they come in. It's disappointing that people use this as a means of making a living," said Steve Maxwell, owner of The Painted Pig.
If you have any information, call Little Rock police.