There has been a rash of handbag thefts at the Kam Swap Meet.
Honolulu police said at least a dozen victims have been targeted this year.
The women's purses are being snatched from door hooks in the women's restroom during swap meet hours, police said.
The most recent theft happened Sunday morning.
Cita Ramos, 66, said she never thought she'd be a crime victim. "It will never happen to me I said,? Ramos said.
But it did, at the Kam Swap Meet, at 8:30 a.m. Sunday.
Ramos said she went to the women's restroom where she put her shopping bag and handbag on a hook on the stall's door.
When she looked up...
"I said, hang on, something's wrong. So I said, oh my God! My handbag has been stolen!,? Ramos said.
Police said thefts like this have been a long standing problem at the Kam Swap Meet, where there have been at 12 similar thefts so far this year.
There are now warning signs posted outside the restrooms urging customers to avoid hanging purses on the door hook.
The signs are also posted in the women's restroom where the hooks have since been removed.
An employee in the women?s restroom told Ramos a similar theft happened the day before.
"The same time, it happened. To someone else. Oh, an older woman too, like me," Ramos said.
Ramos said there was a footprint on the toilet seat in the stall next to hers. Probably he went up and there and with a hook or what. No noise. Honest to God. I didn't hear anything. He's good. They are good," Ramos said.
The thief took Ramos? house keys, identification, three credit cards and gift cards, Ramos said.
"I was so mad. I was violated and everything" said Ramos. "Everything's stolen. Everything. I hope they really need the money."
Ramos said she hopes other women learn from her mistake and she plans to change her behavior in public.
"I'm not going to the bathroom. Period," Ramos said.