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FAYETTEVILLE, GA (WXIA) -- Fayette County Police are warning shoppers all around the metro area about a mother-daughter duo they say have stolen more than a dozen wallets from unsuspecting grocery shoppers in at least three counties.

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Police said surveillance video shows the suspect, Carla Clifton, who authorities say is on the run. They arrested her 16-year-old daughter Thursday morning, and say more family members could be involved.

Police say Clifton is the ringleader in a string of wallet snatchings that date back to the fall – many of them caught on surveillance video.

"We have five, possibly six – Fayetteville, Henry County is working four or five, the city of Morrow has transactions in their jurisdiction and so does the Newnan Police Department," said Fayetteville Police Detective Chris Stevers.

Stevers says Clifton and her daughter preyed on unsuspecting grocery shoppers by striking up a friendly conversation.

"They'll go into a grocery store. One person will distract a shopper, usually a female who is older," Stevers said. "She'll ask her about an item on the shelf, and at that point, the second party will come in and lift the wallet."

Police say recent video from a Fayetteville Kroger store shows the daughter chatting with a shopper while the woman in pink, who police say is Carla Clifton, grabs her wallet from her shopping cart – all in a matter of seconds.

Then, Stevers says, Clifton goes shopping with her victim's credit cards.

"She'll go to Walmert, Target, Belk, Rack Room Shoes, Home Depot, on a shopping spree, spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars of these people's money," he said.

Police have issued arrest warrants for Clifton and say she is considered a fugitive. They say she sometimes acted alone, but their investigation is ongoing – and more family members maybe involved.


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