(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Police Department are warning residents of a group of people stealing wallets in the area. Authorities say they have responded to multiple incidents involving the group of three to four people that go into local stores, distract shoppers, and proceed to steal wallets out of purses. The group typically conceals themselves by wearing masks and park a good distance away from the store to avoid surveillance cameras. The individuals then quickly use the cards at other retailers to purchase a large amount of gift cards which are later used to buy electronics and other high end items in other states. Beaver Dam police say this is type of money laundering. They encourage the public to be aware of your surroundings and have conversations about this activity with family and friends.