Police asked for the public’s help Wednesday in identifying a man and woman suspected of stealing a Riverside diner’s cash and credit cards and then going on a spending spree.

Detectives released photographs on the department’s Facebook page, hoping someone might recognize the duo.

According to investigators, the theft happened about noon on Jan. 23 at Panera Bread in the 3500 block of Riverside Plaza Drive.

The victim, whose name and age were not released, was eating lunch when one of the suspects reached into her purse and snatched her wallet. The woman did not realize she had been victimized until she searched for the pocketbook a short time later.

According to police, the woman’s credit cards were used to make a series of purchases at several Riverside stores.

Security surveillance video images were obtained from one of the outlets and showed the two suspects exiting.

The man is white or Hispanic, about 30 years old, 5 feet 7 inches tall, with a medium build. He was wearing sunglasses, a blue long-sleeved denim shirt, blue slacks, black shoes and a baseball cap. His female companion is white or Hispanic, also about 30 years old, 5 feet 6 inches, with a medium build, dark brown or black shoulder-length hair and brown eyes. She was wearing a white-and-blue flower-patterned shirt, with black slacks and dark-colored shoes.

Anyone with information was asked to contact Detective Laura Ellefson at (951) 826-8717.

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