A rash of thefts in the Alexandria area has prompted authorities to warn citizens to pay closer attention to their belongings.
Since December, there have been at least five thefts from purses at grocery stores, police said. People, especially shoppers, are warned to be especially cognizant of their surroundings.
Tips to arm yourself against falling prey to this sort of petty crime include: Avoid leaving your purse or wallet unattended, keep your bags closed at all times, and take only the credit cards or cash you plan to use.
To report theft, call (703) 746-4444.