Rome police are looking for four people who are stealing purses left in vehicles and then using the checks and credit cards.

The latest local incident happened last week when one of the thieves tried to cash a check at the Coosa Valley Credit Union on Redmond Circle, said Michelle Sims, a detective with the Rome Police Department.

The bank clerk recognized the check as one that was reported stolen and did not cash the check.

The checks were taken from a woman who had her purse stolen while she was pumping gas at the Kangaroo convenience store in Garden Lakes, Sims said.

A picture of two of the suspects can be seen on the Rome Police Department’s Facebook page at

In addition to the two women seen in the photo, Sims said they believe that two men may also be involved.

The four have been linked to thefts in Atlanta, Marietta, Cartersville, North Carolina, Tennessee and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., dating back to at least December, Sims said.

“We need to find these people,” Sims said. “They are hitting at least once a week.”

The group has been seen in a 2012 red Ford Escape hybrid. The tag was stolen in the Garden Lakes area, she said.

Sims urges women to make sure their purses are not left in their vehicles in plain view.

Anyone who may have seen the suspects or has information about the thefts is asked to call Sims at 706-238-5124.