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Pickpocket thefts on the rise in Dunwoody, Sandy Springs

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Dunwoody and Sandy Springs have had multiple cases where women were the targets of pick pocket thieves.

The departments are working together to determine whether or not the crimes are connected.

In the past week, Dunwoody Police said they have had at least four thefts in Perimeter Center. They occurred at the Panera, Publix, Target, and Atlanta Bread Company.

Police said the crew is a couple working together. They target women with purses on the backs of their chairs or in their shopping carts. When the women are distracted, the thieves strike lifting the wallet out of the purse and immediately start making purchases with the credit cards.

Sandy Springs police identified two suspects. One is Benjamin Cortez, 47, and Cherie Miller, 34. Sandy Springs police are currently asking the public for any information that would lead to an arrest.

Police said they are believed to have committed dozens of similar thefts in the Atlanta area.

Anyone with information on Cortez Benjamin and Cherie Miller are asked to contact Crime Stoppers of Greater Atlanta. A reward of up to $2,000 may be paid for information leading to the arrest. Tips can be submitted anonymously to 404-577-TIPS.

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