Police have a warning for all shoppers, they've seen a growing number of purses being snatched from shopping carts.
“We have noticed an increase. Before last month we didn't really notice a lot of this going on so it's definitely an increase,” Officer Laurie Kimrey said.
One of the biggest purse snatching hot spots is the shopping area near Kellogg and Dugan and the easiest target is anyone who leaves their purse in their shopping cart.
Police say thieves don't always take the whole purse. Sometimes they just reach in and grab a wallet while shoppers are distracted. So they say the best way to protect yourself is to pack light while shopping.
"I would suggest only taking what you need. If you have a few cards that you need just put those in a simple wallet and put those in a pocket or get a purse that straps over you so it's constantly on your person and not left unattended in the cart,” Officer Kimrey said.
Police say because thieves are reaching into purses to steal wallets, using the child restraint strap on the cart to secure your purse won't necessarily keep your belongings safe.