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79-year-old woman hit, robbed in east side parking lot

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An Evansville grandmother is attacked and then robbed while shopping on the east side. Thanks to several witnesses, Evansville police have some leads, but still need your help finding the suspects. 

79-year-old Joy Wilson was finishing up her shopping in the Target complex on Tuesday afternoon. She thought she'd pop into Target real quick, when someone attacked her. 

She tells 14 News that she was parked about ten spots away from the entrance and had just locked her car when she felt someone hitting her in the back. Joy says she thought it was a friend playing a trick on her, but when she turned around, a man yanked her purse off her shoulder.

Joy says the suspect only got about $25 in cash and several credit cards. She is upset because both of her address books were in her purse and she's worried about how she'll send birthday cards to her loved ones.

She also has a message for the suspects. 

'What I would say to them is you don't realize what you're doing to your own self-worth and to the people that you are taking from because what you are taking is much more than the little bit of money. Most people don't carry that much money anymore and so what you're taking is of little value to you, but it doesn't help you in the long run. It doesn't help you progress as a person, as a human. It doesn't grow your soul," Joy said.

Police are still looking for two suspects. They say one suspect ran toward Burkhardt Road and got into a small white car with another person driving it.  

If you were in the area or have information, you can call the anonymous We Tip line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

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