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Authorities warn of possible pickpockets coming to Austin

(Photo: Austin Police Department)

The Austin Police Department is asking the public to be on the lookout for three individuals suspected of pickpocketing.

Authorities say the men were in bars and nightclubs in the Nashville area last weekend with a part of a larger organization, and the three have booked flights to come to Austin on Thursday and will stay until December 2.

Officials ask that you protect your purses, phones, wallets and bags. "Be aware and alert," they said.

That info came in an email to the Downtown Austin Alliance on Wednesday night.

“When Austin Police Department sends Downtown Austin Alliance a request like this we take it very very seriously," Downtown Austin Alliance operations director Matt Macioge said.

Macioge said he sent it out to businesses to help keep people aware.

“Because of the nature of this and the nature of the holiday season they want everyone to be critically aware and provide for a safe and clean environment," Macioge said.

The email Macioge received lists the men as suspects in all capital letters. Macioge said it's rare they get warnings about people who haven't been charged with anything.

Krimelabb stats show theft from person reports in Austin were typically low throughout 2018, except for the month of October. Austin Police reported dozens of people who attended either weekend of the Austin City Limits festival were victims to having their personal or valuable belonging stolen to pickpockets.

APD sent out a statement saying the men are not wanted by Austin Police:

"It is alleged that three pick pocketing suspects from a Nashville incident last weekend may be traveling to Austin today, and staying through December 2,” APD Commander Jennifer Stephenson said. “At this time the subjects are not wanted by the Austin Police Department, as they have not committed crimes within our jurisdiction. If you have any questions about the case in Nashville, please contact the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority or the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department."

APD said they sent out the warning for the public's situational awareness.

Police also said the men are a part of a larger organization, and "some of their ring" were found with stolen items from Nashville.

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