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Man and woman stealing credit cards from shoppers in Metro East, police say

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In O'Fallon, Illinois, surveillance pictures captured a woman and man trying to steal credit cards from other shoppers. 

The woman distracts shoppers while the man goes in and tries to "rifle" through purses.

"That is crazy. They are going to do anything they can to get what they want, they can't get a job so this is their job," says shopper Lila Kent.

Police say with the money they steal, they buy gift cards.

"They are not trackable. It's something easy, they can go in, make purchases and if it declines you off the bat, you just turn around and walk away," says Lt. Kerry Andrews with the O'Fallon Police Department.

Andrews says the suspects have done this at Walmart and Aldi. He says the victims are out a couple hundred dollars.  Currently, investigators are working to see if the two cases could be connected.

With the holiday shopping season in full swing right now, it's easy for anyone to be a target of thieves. One shopper told us her secret to stopping them in their tracks.

"I just stay focused on my kids and just let everybody know that this is mine and don't mess with me, you know," says Amber Kent.

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