WB police offering tips to safeguard against grab-and-go robberies

By Dan Stokes - [email protected]
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WILKES-BARRE — Due to a rash of recent grab-and-go robberies throughout the city, police are trying to educate residents on preventive measures so they don’t become victims themselves.

The reported robberies have occurred in every section of the city, authorities say. They don’t believe any of the cases are connected, however, based on descriptions of the suspects involved.

However, police say the perpetrators have been employing a similar tactic.

All of the incidents have occurred when victims have been holding their money or wallet in their hands while holding an item they intend to purchase. The suspects — both male and female — see the money or wallet and quickly grab it before running away.

City officers are offering these tips to prevent being victimized:

• When using cash to pay for gas, keep your money in your pocket or purse until you are at the counter. Do not walk through the parking lot with money in your hand.

• After making a purchase, put your money back in your pocket or purse before you leave the store.

• When you are at the grocery store, don’t leave your purse in the cart as you unload it. And put your bag in your vehicle first.

• When possible, walk in groups or pairs.

Police encourage residents to heed the advice because criminals tend to focus on easy targets.

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By Dan Stokes

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