Purse snatcher working Clematis Street area

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Downtown West Palm Beach bar owners are warning customers to guard their purses.

A couple of restaurant managers on Clematis Street have reported an increase of purses stolen.

One manager at Reef Road Rum Bar says in the last nine months, he's seen a number of items stolen from customers as they sit outside to eat. Most of the crimes happen when a woman leave's her purse hanging on the back of a chair.

Now, the bar is adding extra secuirty. "We have a door guy that protects our guest sitting out front," said the manager.

Reef Road Rum Bar is also posting fliers alerting customers to the uptick in purse snatchings.

Copyright 2012 WFLX. All Rights Reserved.