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Watch a woman lift a wallet from a shopping cart in Phoenix

You see it all the time: shoppers turning their backs on their purses and phones to get something off the shelf.

“This crime happened at a grocery store near 28th Street and Indian School Road on Saturday, June 22, 2019,” says Phoenix Police Sgt. Jamie Rothschild.

A shopper had her open purse in her grocery cart, and, as you can see in the excellent surveillance video, it takes about one second for a woman to reach in and lift her wallet.

Sgt. Rothschild says, “The victim probably didn’t even realize it happened until she went to pay.”

It didn’t take long for the thief and two other people to go on a shopping spree.  Shortly after the theft, they used the stolen credit cards for purchases at a nearby department store.

Read more about the case here.

Next, a similar case from April 2019.  This time a purse was left in a car in the North Valley near 16th Avenue and Dove Valley Road.

Investigators believe a woman broke into the car and stole the purse.

“From that purse she took credit cards,” says Sgt. Rothschild. “Those credit cards were used to make purchases in several cities across the Valley.”

And once again, surveillance video provides really clear pictures of the thief.

Sgt. Rothschild says there’s no reason you should be the next victim. “If there’s something that you aren’t willing to replace, such as credit cards or keys, put them in your pocket if possible. Keep them close to your body,” he says.

Read more about the case here.

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