Purse thief goes unseen

By Brooke Curley


SAFFORD – When it comes to prized possessions, don’t walk away. This moto should include children in grocery carts as well, but one resident learned the hard way when she walked away from her purse.

On October 4, officers were called to Thriftee Food and Drug in Safford regarding a theft. When officers arrived and met with the victim, she stated that she’d been shopping in the produce aisle when she left her cart unattended.  Unfortunately, the victim had left her purse in the shopping cart. While the victim was walking to the frozen food section, the purse was removed from the cart by an unknown individual, and the victim was unable to locate the purse afterward.

Although the victim contacted the store management, the employee had not completed reviewing the entire surveillance video. Disastrously, she left her cell phone, credit cards, and $13 worth of cash in the purse. When officers spoke with the store staff, they were informed that if any footage of the perpetrators was found, police would be contacted.

Tips to Avoiding Theft

Wear a money belt. A money belt is a small, zippered fabric pouch on an elastic strap that fastens around your waist, under your pants or skirt.
Leave your valuables in your hotel room when traveling.
Establish a “don’t lose it” discipline. Train yourself to not leave your valuables lying around, but have them either in your hands or fastened to yourself at all times.
Secure your bag. Clip your bag to yourself if you intend to sleep or eat in a public place.
Stay vigilant in crowds and steer clear of commotions.

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