LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- "I had $26,000," Mabel Holloway, who kept all her money with her in her purse all the time said. Kept... as in past tense.
"Now, I don't have nothing. So, it's my mistake. A big one," she said.
Holloway was in the parking lot of the Portland Family Dollar store when someone stole all her money.
Holloway said had just taken the money out of the Portland P.N.C. Bank branch minutes before, where she cashed her Social Security and Veterans Administration benefit checks. The rest of the money, more than $25,000 more, was her life savings.
Holloway kept it in her purse because she said she feared losing a prescription drug benefit if she put it in the bank.
"I didn't have it in the bank. I kept it in that purse everything. I kept it in that purse, like a fool. I know I'm foolish," Holloway said.
Holloway got a ride to the bank from Todd Radford, who was inside the Family Dollar shopping with his mother when the theft happened. He doesn't know if Holloway was targeted specifically because she had so much money.
"Could have been her. Could have been anybody," Radford said. "They could have seen she had that money. They could have done anybody else. Just an easy target for someone to get, you know. That's the way thieves work you know."
"I don't have anything. Those checks is all I have to live on. And I have everything to pay. My gas, my lights, my cable, my water, my insurance," Holloway said.
Holloway's purse was found several hours after the theft, about three blocks away from the store.
Her driver's license and Social Security card still inside. All the money, however, was missing.
Police are looking for a suspect and ask anyone with information about the theft to contact police at 574-LMPD.