On Monday afternoon, a purse went missing and two women went into action. It happened in a flash: A mother and her daughters were enjoying a meal at the South Hill Mall food court when the mother's purse was taken.
The victim, who doesn't want to be identified, said the theft was shockingly fast.
"The kids didn't see anything. I didn't feel anything," she said. "I don't know if I leaned forward to hand the kids a napkin or how they managed to take without me knowing it."
Unbeknownst to her, just a few feet away in the women's restroom, police say the purse was being emptied out by Markiena Davis and Datriana Mundell.
Another woman at the mall watched as the two accused thieves left the purse behind in the bathroom. She came out and soon found the owner, who in turn checked her online accounts and discovered someone was using her credit cards across the street at Walmart.
The good Samaritan accompanied police to the Walmart and immediately identified Davis and Mundell. Both were arrested on the spot and police returned the victim's stolen property.
"I knew I was going to get them. I knew I was. They were that stupid," the good Samaritan said.
For her part, the victim said she's thankful that a stranger would step up and help even though she didn't have to.
"She was amazing, a lifesaver," she said. "I would like to give her a big thank you and I owe her so much."
Police credit the quick thinking by both women for quickly solving a case that oftentimes doesn't result in any arrests.