A recent theft of a purse from a shopping cart shows just how a moment of inattentiveness can create an opportunity for those who would take advantage.
In surveillance video released Tuesday by the Bossier City Police Department, a woman can be seen taking another shoppers purse while walking past a shopping cart in the Walmart on Airline Drive. Police say the suspect can then be seen walking out of the store attempting to conceal the stolen purse under what is believed to be her own purse.
"It doesn't happen too often that somebody would do something so brazen like this," says Bossier City Spokesperson Mark Natale.
Police say later that same day, the woman used a stolen credit card belonging to the victim to make unauthorized purchases for more than $1,000 at several local businesses before the victiim could cancel the account. The thief is still on the loose, but one of those transactions was also caught on security camera video, and police are hoping someone will recognize her.
With the holidays fast approaching, police say it's even more important to take extra precautions while shopping.
Natale urges you to keep an eye on your things this holiday season. "Getting caught up in the holiday rush and they aren't being as attentive as they should."
Here are some tips to help protect you this holiday season:
• Keep car keys handy when walking to the car
• Stay alert
• Use debit cards instead of cash
• Lock up valuables
• Shop with a buddy
Bossier City Police are still looking for the woman in the video. If you have any information about this crime, you can call Bossier City Crime Stoppers at (318) 424-4100.
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