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Two women accused of stealing wallets at Walnut Creek restaurants

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Police are looking for two women accused of targeting restaurants in the Walnut Creek area, to steal wallets from unsuspecting people. (KGO-TV)

Police are looking for two suspects who are targeting restaurants in the Walnut Creek area, stealing wallets from unsuspecting diners.

Surveillance video shows a woman stealing a wallet from an unsuspecting woman sitting a table next to her.

Police believe the two women have struck three restaurants in downtown Walnut Creek in the past three weeks.

The Rooftop restaurant, which just opened in April was
one of them. "The wife had the husband's wallet in her purse, which she laid on the floor, kind of opened it and didn't close the purse securely," Rooftop restaurant manager Shannon Hargis said.

In the video, you can see the two women suspects sitting adjacent to the couple's table. The woman closest to that table very quickly bends over, slides her hand into the woman's purse and takes the wallet out. This happened while her partner looked out nonchalantly. "They leave the restaurant and immediately go to a business and use the stolen credit cards before the victims even know their wallets have been stolen. They've done that in three different restaurants," Walnut Creek Police Department Lt. Lanny Edwards said.

The bottom line is know where your purse is at all times.

Officials are urging anyone who recognizes the two suspected thieves, to call police.

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