CHICAGO (WLS) --Dozens of pickpocket thefts have been reported around popular lakefront Maggie Daley Park in downtown Chicago recently, and police are warning visitors to be vigilant. Police said they are investigating what may have been a spree of thefts.
Chicago police said on July 30, pickpockets pulled off 32 thefts throughout the heart of the city, most inside Maggie Daley Park.
"It's a safe area and we feel safe but we're always on alert and conscious of our surroundings," said Krissy Cushman, resident.
The park has been a popular destination, where young families spend summer days and children scramble over playground equipment.
"It's sad because it really is a beautiful place to be, and families come to enjoy themselves. And we definitely don't want any crime happening around here," said Tina Daniel.
The spree of purse snatchings and wallet thefts started almost at the stroke of midnight during Lollapalooza weekend and kept pace all day July 30.
"I think with Lolla in town and the amount of traffic we have in this area this time of year, it will bring the people that know the traffic will be here, know people are visiting from out of town and they're probably going to be carrying money," said resident Robert Militello.
Police said all of the thefts happened between Grant Park and Chicago Avenue, one of the most bustling areas of the city on a weekend where millions of people flocked downtown.
"Every security expert on the planet will tell you that watching that and being aware of what's going on around you will be less likely to make you a victim," Mlitello said.
Police have not said whether they believe any or all of these incidents are connected or may have been committed by the same person or people, but they are asking people who come to the downtown area to be even more aware than usual.