Holiday shoppers can be easy targets for thieves

SAN FRANCISCO

Often, it happens when a package is put down so the next potential purchase can be looked at. That gives thieves an opening.

"There are people out there who will take advantage of people. It's unfortunate, but it does happen," mall manager Michael McAvinue said.

Often two thieves work together. One bumps the shopper, distracting the person just long enough for the second thief to grab the wallet.

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