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Eureka Police are investigating the theft of cell phones from unattended shopping carts at Walmart, 131 Eureka Towne Center Drive, over a three-day period. The first theft occurred on April 24, and another happened on April 26, police reported.

One victim’s phone was stolen between about 3-4 p.m. April 24 when it was left in a backpack, and another victim’s phone was stolen between noon and 1 p.m. April 26 from her purse, the report said.

On April 24, a 40-year-old Sullivan woman, who was working at the store as a book vendor, had put her Samsung Note 10 Plus in a backpack and left it in a cart when she went to a back room. When she returned, the phone was gone. It was valued at $1,300, according to the report.

On April 26, a 70-year-old Pacific woman was shopping in the store and her iPhone 11 was stolen from her purse, which was unattended in a shopping cart. The woman was able to track her phone, which was valued at $800, to an address on Hogan Road in Pacific. However, when police went to that address, it turned out to be an empty parking lot and the phone was not there, the report said.

“There are people walking around and that is all they do, watch for people walking around with purses in shopping carts,” Capt. David Wilson said.

Anyone with information about either incident should call Eureka Police at 636-938-6600.

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