Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station crime prevention deputies have received reports of theft in which wallets are stolen from the purses of women shoppers.
The victims do not even realize it has happened until they make their way to the checkout to pay for their items. By then, the thieves have already used their credit cards at multiple locations.
Shoppers often use the child seat of a shopping cart to hold their purse and other personal items and this offers an opportunity for a thief. When the shopper turns their attention to an item on a shelf, a thief can easily move in and steal your wallet or pocketbook from the shopping cart.
Next time you are using a shopping cart, keep these tips in mind:
• DO NOT leave your pocketbook in the shopping cart.
• Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
• Pay attention to people who look suspicious.
• If you choose to carry a purse when shopping, keep it closed and secured to your body.