CMPD warn public of increase in purse, credit card thefts

- The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department says they're currently investigating thefts that involve known groups of individuals that are targeting people who leave their purses while shopping by using a distraction method to gain the victims attention while their accomplice steal their credit cards. 

The suspects then use the stolen credit cards to purchase gift cards from various retail stores which they sell online or through social media. 

Detectives say they've seen an increase in these types of thefts which are happening at retail stores and restaurants. 

Police would like to remind the public to always be aware of your surroundings and to report any suspicious activity and call 911. 

Safety Tips:

• BE ALERT!! Know who is near you and what activities going on around you.
• Walk with authority, look ahead and scan your surroundings.
• Hold your purse/handbag close to your body to prevent someone from stealing the contents.
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