From Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers
LUFKIN, TEXAS (News Release) - Regular readers of Crime Stoppers' Crime of the Week articles will remember that before Thanksgiving we warned you to pay attention when shopping and to keep hold of your purse and wallet.
This week, we have video at 639TIPS.com that will show you how easy it is to fall victim to thieves.
The theft occurred in August but it proves that there's never a good time to leave your wallet in a public place.
It's easy to get distracted and that appears to be what happened to the victim. He ordered food from Little Caesar's Pizza on North Timberland Drive in Lufkin and, while watching his kids and trying to pay, he laid his wallet on the counter and there it stayed ... at least until the next customer found it.
The next customer, a woman, seemed to notice the wallet straight away and when the employee turned around to grab a pizza, the woman grabbed the wallet and rifled through it to see what she had.
She returned the wallet to the counter when another customer arrived but she claimed it again before leaving. Giving a strong indication that she wasn't just looking for the wallet's rightful owner, she used her pizza box to hide her actions. With the wallet tucked under the box, she left the building.