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Police warn shoppers to be on guard for thieves

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York state troopers are urging holiday shoppers to beware of thieves.

State Police Superintendent George Beach says criminals will look for any opportunity to steal and take advantage of people — even at the mall or on a busy downtown street.

Police recommend shopping with a friend or in a group and making sure purchases are kept out of sight when stored in a car.

Also, avoid carrying large amounts of cash and keep your money and credit cards in a front pocket.