Holiday Con Artist

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A cunning thief is preying on unwitting shoppers throughout the Rockford area.

Rockford police say that a man approaches his victims, mostly seniors, becomes friendly with them, and then takes off with their wallets. This holiday con artist, as he is being called, has been striking shopping centers along East State Street over the past two weeks. The latest incident happened at Target on Sunday.

Police have released a description of the thief. He's a white male about 25 to 35 years of age with short hair and average build. Police are instructing you to beware of people around you as you are shopping. Most importantly, do not leave your purse or wallet unattended.

Fortunately, this thief has not showed any violent tendencies toward any of his victims so far.