‘Sliders’ showing up in Charlotte: Are you at risk?

WBTV

Posted: Nov 04, 2013 9:17 PM ESTUpdated: Nov 05, 2013 4:14 PM EST

By Brigida Mack – bio | email

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) –

They are called “sliders.” Thieves who can steal your purse in seconds while you pump gas — all because you left your door unlocked.

WBTV first told you about them in August when it was an emerging national trend.  But now the crime is cropping up right here in Charlotte — and not just at gas stations.

“It’s very scary,” said Junell Porter, of Charlotte. “Makes you want to have someone with you at all times.”

CMPD officers in University City put out this warning in an online newsletter: “A woman was loading groceries in her shopping cart when the suspect walked by and grabbed her purse…he simply saw she was preoccupied and grabbed her purse.”

“You wouldn’t think you would have to look over your back coming from the grocery store or even getting some gas for the day, wouldn’t think to,” Porter said.

Police say the crime happens in just seconds and thieves never approach the victim directly.

Myra Clark says she always wears her purse across her body to make sure it’s secure when she’s grocery shopping.

“It’s a crime of opportunity, isn’t it,” she said. “So you have to hang on to that stuff. Or put in your car first or whatever.”

If you do that — police say make sure your doors are locked — or you could come back to find your purse gone.

It’s why Porter said she’ll be taking a different approach from now on.

“I would definitely be looking over my shoulders more often, purse clutched tight and possibly have someone come with me.,” she said.

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