The Dubuque Police Department is investigating “distraction” Thefts at area grocery and department stores.  In most cases, the suspects work in pairs. One suspect distracts the victim by asking them a question while the other suspect steals the victim’s purse or wallet.  The suspects use the victim’s stolen credit cards shortly after the theft to purchase gift cards.

The investigation remains ongoing.

Dubuque Police are offering these theft prevention tips
-Never leave your belongings unattended.
-If you turn away from your cart, grab your belongings.
-Always zip your purse or bag closed.
- Only carry the credit cards you plan to use.
-Trust your instincts.

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