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Morris PD looking for pickpocket who struck Walmart, Aldi

The Morris Police Department is on the lookout for a pickpocket.

Over the past month, MPD has taken three reports regarding a pickpocket operating in Morris, reporting Wednesday on its Facebook page that the suspect is a female around the age of 50 targeting female shoppers at Walmart, Aldi, and Jewel, usually in the produce section. After stealing credit cards, the suspect has used them at Walgreens, according to the post.

Police said the suspect stakes out the the produce section for approximately 20 minutes before choosing a victim, and have video of one incident.

Police believe the suspect is not from Morris, as the Ottawa Police Department and other departments have video of the same woman allegedly pickpocketing in their jurisdictions. The suspect is believed to be traveling with a man in a dark blue or purple Chevrolet HHR with temporary Illinois license plates.

"If we seem a little passionate about this, it's because she is ticking us off," the MPD reports on social media. "While the victim in the video is young, her other victims have been elderly. We'd really like to meet her in person and introduce her to the fine staff and facilities often advertised by the Grundy County Sheriff's Office."

A video of one incident is available on the MPD Facebook page. People are urged to contact the MPD immediately by dialing 911 if they spot the woman or the vehicle.

Police also remind the public to carry purses close to their bodies and zippered, and report suspicious activity to the police or store employees.

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