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Police widen scope in probe into restaurant wallet thefts

Police have widened the scope of their investigation into a series of wallet thefts from purses at Kansas City restaurants.

Investigators are now urging women at all restaurants in the Kansas City metropolitan area to be alert.

Thieves have been lifting billfolds from handbags and running up thousands of dollars in charges on stolen credit and bank cards.

Many of the purses had been left open, hanging on the backs of chairs, though one woman told KMBC 9 News that she thinks hers was stolen when someone bumped into her while leaving a Panera restaurant.

Police released surveillance pictures from some of the incidents earlier this week.

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