Holiday Theft Warnings

Chelsey Hernandez

Reported by: Chelsey Hernandez

Updated: 11/27/2013 1:18 pm

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Victoria (KAVU) The moment when you realize you can't find your keys is one frustration, but when you can't find your wallet or purse that strikes fear! Especially when it wasn't misplaced by you, but stolen by someone else.


Teereth Mal and his wife were at the mall about to check out, as they are paying at the counter their baby girl started to cry.


“When we arrived at the parking lot suddenly my wife said her purse was gone,” Mal said.


It turns out while Mal’s wife was tending to their daughter somebody else swiped her purse from their stroller.


 “We have four children, four kids and that purse had 400 dollars cash and when somebody takes your hard earned money it feels awful,” Mal said.


The store did find the purse, but unfortunately all of her cash was stolen.


“I was hopeful they might catch the helper, but it is lost forever,” Mal said.



Eline Moya with the Victoria Police Department said there are some things you can do to make sure you’re not a victim of theft this holiday season.


 “Shoppers need to remember taking the least amount of items on their person when they are out shopping, taking the necessary credit cards, debit cards, ID, checkbook if you need to, but only have a small amount with you,” Moya said.



As for Mal he said parents should be the most cautious when tending to their children and watching their belongings.


“I suggest all the shopper be very careful with your things especially for those who have little kids with them,” Mal said.


Sergeant Moya also said if you do heavy shopping put your bags in the trunk; out of sight.

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