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Maplewood police warn residents of purse snatching incidents

Maplewood police warn residents of purse snatching incidents

Updated: December 18, 2019 04:54 PM

Authorities in Maplewood are warning residents of a number of purse snatching incidents that occurred in the city.

According to Maplewood Public Safety, two victims were pushed or fell onto the ground when their purses were taken. All of the incidents occurred outside retail stores.

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One victim told police she saw a red sedan drive away after her purse was stolen.

Police said all victims so far have been women walking to their vehicles, and all have happened in the area near Kohl's at Maplewood Mall.

Police encourage people to not carry items of importance in purses, carry only the amount of cash and credit/debit cards that are needed and to call police immediately if someone attempts to steal their purse.

The department said they've stepped up patrols in the area.

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