Suspected pickpockets caught on camera

- Police in Winter Haven are hoping you can help them identify a pair of pickpockets who seem to be targeting elderly shoppers.

It was back on August 13 when, police say, a 73-year-old woman figured she had lost her wallet while shopping at Publix.  When Macy's later warned her about suspicious activity on her card, she realized it had been stolen.

Police reviewed surveillance footage from the store and while they did not see someone take the woman's wallet, they did see a pair of women scoping out an elderly man with a walker.  One of the women points him out to her companion before she appears to bump him in an attempt to pick his pocket, though she is not successful.

Police are now asking for help identifying either of the two women, who are both wearing hats, one possibly wearing a wig.

"It is unfortunate that citizens have to worry about being victimized when out shopping," Chief Charlie Bird said in a release about the search. "However, everyone should take extra precautions. Men should carry their wallet in their front pocket and women should ensure their purses are secured closed to help prevent this type of crime occurring."

If anyone has information on the identity of either of these suspects, they are asked to call Officer Chris Kenna at 863-401-2256 or Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477). Callers can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward.

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