Between October 20th and October 22nd, there were seven reported instances of purses being stolen from shopping carts in stores such as Super Saver, HyVee, Walmart, and Target.
In these cases, a female was seen in security video removing purses from carts, taking items from the purse, and then turning them back in claiming she found them. In one of the store videos, the female is seen getting into a vehicle after returning a stolen purse to HyVee at 5010 O Street. Officers were able to get a license plate from that vehicle and contacted the registered owner. Officers recognized this as the female seen on security video. Kandra Lairmore, 33 years old, was cited for 6 counts of theft.
There is still further investigative work to be done on these cases and further charges may be pending. There was a total of $175 in cash missing from these cases. As the holiday season approaches, be aware of where your belongings are while shopping. Keep your purse/wallet/phone on your person as you shop or keep it within sight at all times. Also, be aware of items left in vehicles while you are shopping. If you visit multiple places and leave shopping bags in your vehicle make sure they are kept out of sight and lock your cars.