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Pick-pocket Incidents at Football Games

Contact: Kathy Johnson

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UK Police have issued the following safety precautions to people attending the remaining home football games at Commonwealth Stadium:
• Do not carry large sums of cash or credit cards.
• If you must carry a wallet, place it in a front pocket.
• Use a ‘fanny pack” that has zippered or Velcro enclosures.
• Be aware of your surroundings, paying special attention to anyone who may bump into you.
• Keep a record of your credit card numbers and bank contact numbers separate from your cards so that you can immediately report any loss or theft of the cards.
• Immediately report any theft of credit cards to police.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 30, 2003) -- University of Kentucky Police are investigating five pocket-picking incidents that were reported to have occurred during the last two UK football games at Commonwealth Stadium.

According to UK Police, the five victims are white males, four of them over the age of 70. They described the suspects as African-American males, but were not able to give any further description.

All the incidents occurred on the lower concourse of the stadium and were similar in nature, said Travis Manley, public information officer for UK Police.

“Apparently the suspects approached the victims and caused some type of distraction such as bumping into them, after which the victims discovered their wallets were missing,” Manley said.

He also said in each case the victims’ credit cards were used to make purchases at businesses along the Nicholasville Road corridor in Lexington.

UK Police have issued the following safety precautions to people attending the remaining home football games at Commonwealth Stadium:

• Do not carry large sums of cash or credit cards.
• If you must carry a wallet, place it in a front pocket.
• Use a ‘fanny pack” that has zippered or Velcro enclosures.
• Be aware of your surroundings, paying special attention to anyone who may bump into you.
• Keep a record of your credit card numbers and bank contact numbers separate from your cards so that you can immediately report any loss or theft of the cards.
• Immediately report any theft of credit cards to police.

Anyone with information regarding these cases is asked to contact UK Police at (859) 257-1616.


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