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Police prepare for busy downtown weekend

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(WMC-TV) - Between the Beale Street Music Festival and the Grizzlies game, hundreds of thousands of people are expected downtown this weekend.

Leaving items in the car poses the biggest threat for participants, according to police.

Kenyatta Hollingsworth learned the hard way this week in Greenbelt Park on Mud Island.

"As I was approaching my car, finishing my walk, I saw a guy getting out of my truck," said Hollingsworth. "He had my purse and jumped in the car and took off."

Crooks popped a lock on her SUV and got away with cash, credit cars, a driver's license, and even her library card.

"I was just thinking my life is in my purse, everything is in my purse," said Hollingsworth.

Memphis police said that particular crime may be the most common as thousands of people descend on downtown Memphis this weekend.

For both the Beale Street Music Festival in Tom Lee Park and the Grizzlies playoff game at the FedExForum, police will be out in large numbers.

But, they count on the public to do its part.

"You know people walk by they see your cell phone, iPods. People will even leave their purses and computers laying on the seat," said Memphis Police Department public officer Sgt. Karen Rudolph.

Even items under the seat are not safe.

"Don't leave anything inside. Nothing of value to you," she said.

Police say they had relatively few problems this same busy weekend last year, and hope for another slam dunk.

Hollingsworth followed the suspect's silver Impala before they got away. That is something police suggest you never do.

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