TYLER — Lufkin Police tell KETK the woman they say stole a credit card out of a unattended purse in a dressing room inside the Lufkin Mall has turned herself into authorities. Right, now police aren't mentioning the woman's name, but say she placed a call to investigators when she saw herself on the Crimestoppers website in surveillance video. There have been no charges filed, as this is an on-going investigation. Police say petty theft is a common problem in East Texas, and it's especially common during holiday weekends or at places where people's guard is down.
Here are some safety tips from the Tyler Police department on how to avoid falling victim to identity theft:
Keep your purse, wallet and ID on you at all times, when outside of your house.
Or make sure they're locked up in the trunk of your car, if you don't need them.
Check your bank statements and credit card statements regularly online, to make sure there's no fraudulent charges.
Never leave your personal items unattended in a shopping cart or grocery cart.
If you think you might be a victim of credit card fraud, contact your local authorities immediately, after calling your bank or credit card supplier to report a stolen card.
Jessica Wilson/ KETKnbc.com