Stories From Main Street: Going On ‘Purse Patrol’ In Mamaroneck

MAMARONECK, NY (WCBS 880) – You wouldn’t think that a grocery store was a likely spot to get robbed.

Police in the Village of Mamaroneck are suggesting otherwise, and want shoppers to remain vigilant.

Sgt. Regan Kelly cruises local supermarkets, looking for women who leave their purses in the shopping cart.

While they’re checking prices on the shelves, Kelly sneaks up to the cart and slaps a sticker on the unattended purse.

“We’ve been sitting here doing this safety program, called ‘purse patrol’ trying to teach the ladies who shop the importance of keeping track of your bag,” Kelly explained to the purse’s surprised owner.

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Shopper Joyce Bernstein was grateful for the reminder.

“I thought I had my eye on it,” Bernstein said.

Stories from Main Street - Photo: Evan Bindelglass / WCBS 880

Stories from Main Street - Photo: Evan Bindelglass / WCBS 880

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Kelly said, “It was almost too easy. I thought it was going to be difficult for us to do, but just in the last half hour we’ve done probably close to a dozen, and that’s a lot of purses that could have been stolen.”

“It’s good to point it out to people like me that keep forgetting that you shouldn’t leave your purse open,” said Pam, another shopper.

The Purse Patrol is a joint effort with People’s United Bank.

“[Shoppers] shouldn’t leave their purse in the shopping cart and turn around and check the price of yogurt. So, be aware of where your purse is and keep it under wraps,” says People’s United Bank crime prevention specialist Angela DeLeone.

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  • Leesh

    I am originally from NYC living upstate. Unlike most of the local women, I never, ever leave my purse unattended. When I walk away from the shopping cart, my purse comes with me. And when I am pushing the cart and my purse is in it, the zipper is shut!!!
    come on ladies, thieves are everywhere, don’t be gullible!

  • Marcus

    will the tissue police hand me a tissue when i sneeze? god, we really cant think for ourselves anymore.

  • Patty

    I change bags whenever I go grocery shopping and switch to a cross-body bag so that my bag is always on me! I’m not taking any chances.

  • Ellen

    This isn’t exactly any thing new. Been going on for years now. Women who leave their pocketbooks unattended are only setting themselves up for someone to come and steal the dame bag. God, my mother told me that way back in the 60’s.

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