NUTLEY, NJ - Just a reminder: don’t leave your purse in your grocery store shopping cart. It just takes a second while you choose a ripe tomato or compare product labels. You won’t know your wallet’s gone until you go to check out. Meanwhile. the shopping cart pickpocket will be long gone.

A certain brand of thief makes a career of this M.O. They stalk their marks and wait for the opportunity given them.

Avoidance is simple: just keep your purse on your shoulder. Do not set it in the cart at all.

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Nutley Police have taken several reports of pickpockets at local supermarkets.

Please watch your purse or pocketbook.