ELLSWORTH – Many people think of the holidays as a time for giving.
But there are certainly some people who look at it as a season for taking.
City sidewalks and busy streets loaded with holiday shoppers. You’ll also find holiday thieves in parking lots, streets and even parking garages.
“There are bad guy traveling around through parking lots in town and they look for cars that obviously have a lot of merchandise in them. They’ll look to see if they’re unlocked and they’ll steal stuff from you,” said Ellsworth Police Department Lt. Harold Page.
Police say if you can, put the gifts in your trunk.
A key to making sure your presents make it under the tree this year is to make sure your car is locked.
And, if you can,
Thieves are only lurking in parking lots. And women are more often targets than men.
“They’ll be in a store. They’ll turn their attention away from their cart and they’ll turn around. Either the whole purse is gone or the wallet’s gone out of the purse,” Page said during a Wednesday morning interview.
In recent years, the bad guys have taken to patrolling neighborhoods, searching for recently-delivered packages.
Page said, “Make arrangements for somebody to be home when the package is delivered to pick it up. Or ask the post office to hold on to it.”