TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Authorities are warning shoppers in the Seattle and Tacoma areas to be careful at store parking lots after seeing an uptick in purse snatchings.

The News Tribune reported this week that more than 60 bags have been reported stolen outside department stores and supermarkets in Pierce and King counties since the beginning of the year.

Tacoma police have recorded 19 stolen purses as of late April.

Police spokeswoman Loretta Cool says shoppers need to be aware of their surroundings.

Police say a few victims have suffered broken bones and bruises.

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Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com