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Cops pose as thieves to warn holiday shoppers

Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year and before shoppers head off to the stores, Wichita police are urging them be cautious.
/ Source: KSNW-TV

Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year and before shoppers head off to the stores, Wichita police are urging them be cautious.

Tuesday, officers took on the role of thieves. Within minutes of scouring the parking lot, something caught their eye.

"I can see right through the window, there's obviously a purse, got some valuables in there," said Lt. Mike Hennessy with the Wichita Police Department.

The car's doors are locked, but police say it wouldn't take much to break in.

"It's just real easy to take an elbow and punch it out," Hennessy said.

Seconds later, the "crooks," dressed like shoppers, take off.

"Even leaving the window, you're still inviting trouble," said Hennessy.

What's worse is leaving your vehicle unlocked. Officers found at least two cars with bags left out in plain view. One of them belonged to Laura Dickman.

"It's one of those not smart things of course," she said when confronted by officers.

KSN caught up with her as she was leaving the mall with her child.

"My purse doesn't have anything important in it," she said. "It was sitting there, but I had all my important stuff with me at least."

Police say if you do leave your shopping purchases in the trunk of your car, be sure to keep the receipts with you, so if something does happen you have a record of what was stolen.

See story video at KSN.com