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Police looking for teens allegedly stealing from employees at downtown building

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Surveillance camera image of man wanted in thefts from the Starks Building (Source: LMPD) Surveillance camera image of man wanted in thefts from the Starks Building (Source: LMPD)
Sgt. James Cirillo Sgt. James Cirillo
Roy Keeling Roy Keeling
Thomas Russo Thomas Russo
The Starks Building entrance on Muhammad Ali Blvd. The Starks Building entrance on Muhammad Ali Blvd.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - We are all probably guilty of it. Leaving our phone, purse, wallet, valuables in plain sight in places where we shouldn't. If you do, a warning from police: you are making it easy for thieves to do their dirty work.

Recently police said that two people have been walking right into the Starks Building and stealing people's belonging from open offices.

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"We're looking for a black male suspect we believe is a teenager and a white male suspect we believe is a teenager," said Louisville Metro Police Sgt. James Cirillo.

Police said the two suspects were stealing items like cell phones, laptops and computer equipment.  The surveillance picture that police released doesn't tell a whole lot about the suspect, but people who work in the Starks Building are now fully aware.

"It's pretty audacious just walk into an office and take something," said Roy Keeling, who worked for a business in the Starks Building.

Keeling said his business has been locking the main door since word spread that someone was stealing items.  

The problem is that it is easy to walk into many businesses like hospitals. Earlier this year, police said a ring of sisters were stealing money and credit cards right out of purses at doctors offices and hospitals.

Cirillo said it's rare that people who steal phones and purses get violent. However, that's just what happened at 6th and Main in broad daylight. Cirillo said last month, an elderly woman was getting money for the meter when Cornelius Cochrum tried to steal her purse and put a knife to her throat. She tried to fight him and threw her purse over to her husband. Police said that's when Cochrum stabbed him in the hand.

"It got ugly," said Cirillo.

The couple ended up giving up the purse. Thomas Russo, a self defense expert from R.E.A.L.I.T.Y Krav Maga, said that's usually the wisest choice.

"Unless your life is in immediate threat you have no exits then and only and then is it time to engage," said Russo. "You just don't know what that person is capable of doing."

Cirillo said it tough on businesses because many don't have security or badges to get in because they want to make their businesses inviting and easy to access for customers. If you notice someone who obviously doesn't belong or looks lost, that should raise a red flag.

It's of course always a good idea to know something about self defense.

R.E.A.L.I.T.Y Krav Maga is offering a free Krav Maga "Street Sense" Crash Course seminar in August. The class is open to people ages 12 and up. just Go to website to sign up: www.kravmagalouisville.com

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