Area police are warning residents to watch their stuff as they do their last minute holiday or grocery shopping this week. Taylorville Police Chief Brian Hile says there have been four incidents at Walmart in recent weeks of a person or persons stealing purses and wallets as they are momentarily left unattended.
Hile says with the cooler weather, people are normally bundled up. That makes it harder to identify the perpetrators off of video footage.
Hile says there are common sense ways to protect yourself from becoming a victim of theft while shopping this holiday season.
The Taylorville Police Department is working with Walmart to investigate the string of thefts. If you have any information, you can call Crimestoppers or Taylorville Police.