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Thieves target victims at the fair

Amarillo, TX - Thieves are following the fair from city to city preying on innocent victims.

Being in the business for six years now, Kathy McHenoy says this is the first time thieves are following their route.

She's warning everyone to keep a tight hold onto their belongings.

"The pick-pockets are out. I've had about seven men come up and try start to buy something so they pull out their wallet and they don't have one," says Kathy McHenoy, fair worker.

McHenoy says they are targeting big groups and causing distractions in hopes of not being seen.

"Those guys are professionals, you know they come in and they grab. So if you want to protect yourself put your money in your front pocket," says Kathy McHenoy, fair worker.

The Potter County Sheriff's Department say they are aware of the pick-pocketers and have fourteen personnel patrolling the grounds.

They have also been dealing with another problem, car break-ins.

"Most of them are in the outlining areas. Most of the parking, where it's well lit, have less problems but we do have some parking that is not well lit," says Lt. Dee Aduddell, Potter County Sheriff's Department.

There have already been seven break-ins but no arrests so far.

That's why they are urging anyone coming out to fair to take precautions.

"We do ask people if they have valuable items take them out of the vehicle and hide them in the trunk or out of sight where they can't be seen," says Lt. Dee Aduddell, Potter County Sheriff's Department.

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