Nikita Starichenko
A woman is asking for help identifying two people she said stole her purse that contained hundreds of dollars she was planning to use for Christmas and for rent.

OGDEN — A woman is asking for help identifying two people she said stole her purse that contained hundreds of dollars she was planning to use for Christmas and for rent.

Katelyn Robinson said she was working Wednesday night as a server at Roosters Brewing Co., 253 25th St., when a man and a woman who had requested a table walked back toward the restroom and stopped at a coat rack.

“They came and they picked up my shirt,” Robinson said, referencing surveillance video from the business. “They picked up my purse, put it under their coat, and they walked away.”

Ironically, the video shows the couple walking past Robinson on the way out the door.

Robinson said she had more than $500 in her purse from two nights of work, and she also had a credit card that was drained of $1,100 by the next day.

“When that money’s all taken, and it’s for Christmas gifts and for rent and your car payment and everything — it’s really emotional,” Robinson said. “It was very frustrating — devastating, for a lack of a better word.”

Robinson said her card had been charged in Salt Lake County to purchase tires, which offered some potential information on a vehicle.

A Facebook post with over 2,000 shares as of Friday night had also generated some potential leads, the server said.

Ogden Police Lt. Tim Scott said Friday that detectives were investigating the matter.

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Robinson said she was grateful to her co-workers at Roosters, who had been kind to help her after the theft.

“Everyone here’s been so amazing and they actually started a fund for me to get my money back, and it’s just, like, it’s really emotional, honestly,” she said.

Robinson said she hoped someone would be able to provide information about the couple and their whereabouts to Ogden police by calling 801-395-8221.

“Everything happens for a reason,” Robinson said. “I just hope maybe that if they do get locked up, maybe they can get the help they need.”