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South Boston police warn of purse thefts, scams

South Boston Police Department warns local area shoppers of purse thefts that occurred Saturday and Sunday at Walmart Super Center.

According to Detective C. L. Carswell, a Clarksville resident reported to South Boston Police that her pocketbook was taken from her shopping cart at Walmart on Sunday. She told police she was distracted from her shopping cart while in the store. When she turned around, her pocketbook was gone.

A Halifax resident reported she was shopping at Walmart on Saturday when her purse was taken. She told police she turned her back to her shopping cart that contained her purse. When she turned around, her purse was gone.

Carswell said this type of crime can occur at any store. Police urge shoppers to always keep their purses or pocketbooks with them while shopping.

Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to contact South Boston Police Department at 434-575-4273 or the Halifax County Crime Line at 434-476-8445. Calling the Halifax County Crime Line can lead to a reward of up to $1,000 for the arrest and conviction of the offender.

South Boston police also are warning local residents of a telephone scam.

On Friday a South Boston resident reported she received a phone call stating she had won the New York Mega Millions.

The caller stated she had won $8.5 million and a brand new Mercedes. The caller said she would have to pay a $250 storage fee in order to get the car and money. The caller told her to go to a local store and purchase a “money pack” in the value of the $250. The caller stated when she obtained the “money pack” she would need to tell him the 14 numbers on the back of the card.

The resident realized the call was a scam and contacted police.

She was able to identify the call was made from a number in Jamaica.

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