Crime Stoppers warning of crimes targeting shoppers

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CENTRAL ILLINOIS - Crime Stoppers of Sangamon and Menard Counties is warning the public to be aware of a common crime that targets shoppers.

Authorities say citizens should be aware when shopping, as some criminals aim to distract shoppers in order to steal handbags, pocketbooks, and other personal items.  Authorities also say these crimes are often committed by women who either engage the victims while another person steals items, or quietly slip in and steal items while the victim is shopping.

If you have any information on these kinds of crimes, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at (217) 788-8427.

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