Penticton purse thieves eye shopping carts – Okanagan

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Constables are warning Pentictonians to keep personal belongings close to them after a spate of bag snatching.

In a news release sent Thursday morning, the RCMP said it had responded to six reports of purses being stolen from shopping carts since the start of 2022.


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In each of these cases, the RCMP said the victim was unloading his groceries and had his bag stolen while it was unattended in the shopping cart. In some cases, their credit cards were used fraudulently.

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“It only takes a second,” said Const. Dayne Lyons of the Penticton RCMP said. “Before you put away your groceries, we encourage you to put away your bag first.”

For those who have a bag stolen, be sure to call the police immediately.

Then the RCMP said to call the bank to cancel your cards before they can be used fraudulently.


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“Never keep your social insurance card or birth certificate in your bag unless absolutely necessary,” the RCMP said.

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