CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Thief steals woman's purse while she vacuums her car

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - Springfield police are investigating Friday after a man stole a woman's purse, while she was standing just feet away.

Corrina Harrison pulled into a spot at the In & Out car wash on N. Glenstone Wednesday. She had no idea there was a man lurking there in the shadows, waiting for the right moment to steal from her.

"It's a big shock."

Harrison thought she was being careful.

"I put my purse under the front seat of the driver's seat."

That's when it happened.

"I go around the car, I get the vacuum thing, and I come back to the backseat so I can start vacuuming," Harrison said. "The minute I start vacuuming, the driver's side door opens, he got my purse so fast."

The whole scenario was caught on camera. KY3 and KSPR got the footage from In & Out. The video shows a man walking through the grass toward the car wash. He hides in a tree just feet away from where Harrison parks. After Harrison gets out of her car, the man is already on the prowl. He emerges from the shadows, opens the door, takes the purse and walks away.

"There was no way I could catch him," Harrison said.

She said she lost everything.

"I mean, your driver license, all your personal information, credit cards, debit credit cards, passports and money," she said.

Harrison and her husband were about to go on vacation, so she'd taken $5,000 out of the bank.

"All in hundred-dollar bills," she said.

That's not all.

"I had picked up my medicine and had that in my purse and my cell phone. So all of it went," Harrison said.

While she deals with the aftermath- replacing cards, waiting on new passports and locking down her accounts- she wants other people to learn a lesson.

"I should've took my purse and opened up the back of the Jeep and put it in there. I blame myself for not doing that," Harrison said. "Protect your stuff."

Harrison said she wants the man who took it all to know one thing.

"That he ripped me of everything and if it comes down to they catch him, I will prosecute," she said.

She said she's struggling to stay positive.

"I think about it, and I think, 'Oh, I can't handle all this, but I will,'" Harrison said.

Jeff Scott, the manager at In & Out car wash said nothing like this has ever happened there and he doesn't want customers to feel unsafe. He said staff will start keeping an extra close watch on suspicious activity like this theft.

The Springfield Police Department would not comment since this is an open investigation.

Anyone who has information regarding this incident should contact the Springfield Police Department at (417) 864-1810 or make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers at (417) 869-TIPS (8477).