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Purse thief caught on camera

Police want your help nabbing a thief, caught on camera, taking a woman's purse at the Walmart in Bossier City.

Police want your help nabbing a thief, caught on camera, taking a woman's purse at the Walmart in Bossier City.

Surveillance video shows a woman walking up to a cart while a customer's back is turned.

She then picks up the purse and casually walks off.

"It just demonstrates how easy and quick these criminals can act," says Mark Natale, Public Information Officer with Bossier City Police.

Police say that same day, the woman made several purchases on the credit card totaling over $1,000.

One of those purchases was caught on video as well.

Police say since holiday season is right around the corner, we'll see more of these thefts.

To avoid becoming a victim, police have a few tips. Whether you're shopping inside or unloading your cart in the parking lot, keep an eye on your valuables.

Also, keep your wallet in your front pocket, and purses should stay securely on your shoulder.

"Be very watchful of your valuables, whether you're shopping or in other places," says Natale.

Customers we spoke to said that's exactly what they do.

"I carry the least amount possible,” says Erin Love. “I have a little clutch that I keep in my purse that has all my money, credit cards, that kind of thing in it, so I take that out of my purse and bring that into the store, and that's it.  And I keep it in my possession at all times."

"I just kind of make sure that my purse is with me, secured in front of me,” says Chena Johnson. “I carry a cross body bag, so..."

If the woman in the video is caught, she’ll be facing charges of theft and unauthorized use of a credit card.

If you recognize her, Call Bossier Crime Stoppers at (318) 424-4100.
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