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Athens police searching for group of suspected wallet thieves


By Joe Johnson

Athens-Clarke County police are asking for the public's help identifying five people wanted in connection to a string of wallet thefts. The first incident took place on May 18 at a grocery store, according to police, who said the victim was followed inside where her wallet was stolen drom her shopping cart. Bank cards in the wallet were subsequently used to purchase gift cards and electronics.

Police said a few weeks later, a similar crime involving two men was reported by a local business owner. The owner told officers that upon entering the store, one of the men caused a distraction while the other went behind the counter and stole a wallet. The bank cards were also used to buy gift cards and electronics, p[olice said. Investigators believe the incidents may be related and are asking anyone with information to contact Officer Blake Manning at 762-400-7396 or lake.Manning@accgov.com.

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Thugs and POS come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Hope they rot in hell....eventually.

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Paul Bunce
Paul Bunce
Jun 20, 2023

"Wallet thieves"? I think there is a word for that. "Pickpocket", except that these don't seem to restrict themselves to pockets.

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Samson Tiger
Samson Tiger
Jun 20, 2023

I would love to see the statistics regarding the spike in crimes against persons since Deborah Gonzalez became D.A. I am willing to bet that entering auto, armed robbery, assault and theft have increased significantly. This is not even counting sex crimes.

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You are probably correct!

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