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On The Lookout: Black Friday Shopping Crimes

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WICOMICO, CO., Md. - Like millions of shoppers this Thanksgiving, Adrienne Short and her family will be hunting for deals on gifts.

Short says it's a tradition that she carries on from her father.

This year, she says she will go "right after the turkey's out of the oven and the kitchen is cleaned up."

But Short says she's hoping for a different ending to that narrative. While shopping last year with her sister, Short says they left their car unlocked. When they returned from shopping seven hours later, a laptop was stolen from their car.
     
"[My sister] was in such a hurry to get the purse out get in the car to go shopping that she forgot to lock it back up," said Short.

Sgt. David Owens of the Wicomico Bureau of Investigation says this type of crime happens at least once a holiday season.

"Don't fool yourself, people are going through parking lots checking doors," said Owens.

Over the last five years, WBI has dealt with multiple Black Friday thefts, ranging from items stolen from unlocked cars to pickpocketing.

"I think it's the holiday desire to provide, gifting for family members that thrives the rise," said Owens.

This holiday, police are asking shoppers to look out for themselves and others, offering some tips to keep you and your fellow shoppers safe.

  • Park closer to the stores or underneath a light.
  • Lock your car doors and any gifts inside should be hidden.
  • Hide any gifts and valuables that are in your vehicle.
  • If you see suspicious behavior, call police.
  • Keep your wallet in your front pocket.
  • Carry a purse close to your body.

"Just be cautious about it and look at your surroundings," said Owens.

If this, or any other crime has happened to you recently, tell us about it. Send us messages on Facebook and Twitter using #47lookout or call WMDT at 410-742-4747.

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