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Police caution women after several purse snatchings

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

It's said that everything a woman needs is in her purse, but lately woman like Barbara Gabbard are unsure about carrying their purses, after thieves started to rip it right off of several women's shoulders.

"It does it worries me," allowed Gabbard, "especially when I have to go out and do the things I have to do."

On Thursday, of last week, a woman claimed her purse was stolen from her arms, in broad daylight, by a car passing by her in the Walmart parking lot, on Nicholasville Road.

Later that same day, another woman claimed her purse was taken from her on Bowie Drive, off Pimlico Parkway.

"This is one of those situations that we warn people against, and we always want people to be vigilant and keep their eyes open," said Sherelle Roberts, a spokeswoman for the Lexington Police Department.

A third instance happened last Tuesday at the Georgetown Walmart, and was caught on camera, though police do not believe it's connected to the Thursday crimes.

Going back another week, a fourth report happened, again in Lexington. Whether or not these crimes are connected, each occurrence leaves women looking for ways to protect themselves.

"I have stopped carrying my purse and I carry my fanny pack. I put in there what I need because I'm actually afraid to carry my purse anymore," claimed Gabbard.

"If you have a purse, like this, with a small shoulder strap, the main thing that we ask you to do is to keep it on your arm and to keep it tucked around so you can keep a good hold on it," advised Roberts.

Police also advise that if you're uncomfortable with something you see in the parking lot, stay in the store for safety because no one wants to be the next target.

At this time, no arrests have been made.

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