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Pickpockets Hit Walla Walla

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The busy foot traffic in the downtown area became a scene of quick street thefts this past weekend. The busy foot traffic in the downtown area became a scene of quick street thefts this past weekend.
WALLA WALLA, WA - The busy foot traffic in the downtown area became a scene of quick street thefts this past weekend.

Imagine this, you're walking around in Downtown Walla Walla and you decide you might pop into a shop for a quick bite to eat. As you reach down to your pocket you realize it's empty. Your wallet's missing and you start to panic. That hypothetical was a reality for a few people this past Saturday.

"We rarely get pickpocket reports," explained Vicki Ruley who works as a Crime Prevention Coordinator for the Walla Walla Police Department. "The first report was 'I'm missing my wallet. I had it and it's gone.' Then right after that another one came through."

There were multiple reports in a very small but crowded area in the heart of downtown. The fair started Wednesday and the concern is that more crowds will bring more opportunity for thieves.

"Yeah, that's kind of scary, I mean a lot of people that have stuff in their pockets probably worked hard for that stuff. I wouldn't want my stuff to come up missing," said Miranda Krika who has lived in the city her entire life.

Krika says when she goes for walks with her baby she keeps her purse under the carriage but where she can see it. Now she thinks she'll keep a closer eye on it.

"I just think Walla Walla is a pretty safe town usually for the most part."

Police would agree with her, but busy weeks and bigger crowds can sometimes bring in crime to the area as thieves pass through town. They're smart but you have a chance to be smarter.

"A lot of times people don't even see it happen. It's just so quick," said Ruley.

The Walla Walla Crime Prevention Unit wants you to watch for any suspicious activity if you're out in the city. You can report anything by calling 509-527-1960. 
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