HOBART — Police here are asking the public for help in identifying suspects in the recent theft of a wallet.

About 3:30 p.m., Jan. 30, police responded to a retail store in the U.S. 30 corridor regarding the theft of a wallet. The victim told police she had received alerts from her credit card companies about possible fraudulent activity at another retail store in the area.

The officer then went to the store where the transactions happened and checked surveillance video. He noticed a male suspect had made purchases totaling over $2,000. Two women were also shown in the surveillance images as being present when the male suspect make the purchases.

Anyone with information can contact Lt. James M. Gonzales at 219-942-4405 or by email at jgonzales@cityofhobart.org.

Gonzales also reminded area residents, "whether it be a grocery store, retail store or restaurant, it is important to make a habit of being cognizant of where your purse and other personal belongings are at all times. I recommend keeping your purse zipped or buttoned at all times and carrying your purse secured over your shoulder and in front of you. By developing some theft prevention tactics, it can help ensure that you will not become a victim of theft."

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Porter County reporter

Joyce has been a staff writer for The Times for more than 20 years. She is the municipal and education reporter for Porter County. She is an amateur genealogist and writes a blog, Remember your Roots, appearing online each Thursday.