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Colorado Crimes: Watch your wallets and purses in Lakewood, Boulder

Yesterday, the police departments in Lakewood and Boulder put out warnings about wallet thefts within minutes of each other. Seventeen wallet thefts have taken place in Lakewood since February 1, while Boulder is looking for purse snatchers in two specific incidents.

A photo of the first Boulder-area suspect is seen here; a shot of the second can be seen after the jump, along with the respective releases.

Lakewood Police Department release:

Public Cautioned on Wallet Thefts

May 13, 2009

Lakewood Police Detectives are investigating a series of wallet thefts that have occurred mainly in supermarkets and grocery stores.

Since February 1st, there have been seventeen reported cases of wallets being stolen from shopping carts as citizens shopped. In most cases the victims were seniors and had left their wallets either in the shopping carts or in a purse that had been left in the cart.

Police advise shoppers to never leave their purses and wallets unattended in the cart while shopping. Ideally a purse should be held or hung on an arm or shoulder while in the store.

Lakewood police will be asking selected merchants to display the attached bulletin and a similar poster, warning shoppers about the thefts.

Anyone who feels they have been a victim of a similar case or may have information that could assist detectives with their investigation is asked to call the Lakewood Police Department at 303-987-7111.

Boulder Police Department release:

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Police release photos of theft suspects

Boulder police are releasing photographs of two suspects involved in identity theft and theft at King Soopers and Safeway in Boulder. Investigators are asking for the public's help identifying and locating these individuals. They are suspected in two separate cases.

The first occurred at about 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 26, at Safeway, 3325 28th St. The victim had her back turned away from her shopping cart for a few seconds and when she turned back around, her purse was gone. Credit cards were later used by these two suspects at the Target store located at 2800 Pearl St.

Another incident occurred on Friday, May 1, at the King Soopers at 1650 30th St. Another female was turned away from her cart, looking at food items. When she turned around, a witness advised her that a male took her purse from her cart. Again, the credit cards were used at the Target store at 2800 Pearl St.

The first suspect appears to be a white male approximately 30 to 35 years old, about 5 feet, 7 inches, to 6 feet with a thin build. The second suspect appears to be a female, approximately 30 to 35 years old, about 5 feet, 7 inches, to 5 feet, 10 inches tall. She appears to be heavier set with shoulder-length dark brown hair. These suspects have been seen with a young female child between 3 to 5 years old. The child has light brown hair with bangs.

Anyone with information regarding these suspects is asked to contact Officer Kereen Rodaway at 303-441-3333. Those with information who wish to remain anonymous should contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted via the Crime Stoppers Web site at www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.

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