Appeal for information following double ‘purse dip’ thefts

PUBLISHED: 11:20 17 February 2011 | UPDATED: 11:20 17 February 2011

POLICE are appealing for information and witnesses after two purse dipping incidents in Saffron Walden yesterday (February 16).

At around 12noon thieves stole the purse of a woman in her 50s, from inside her trolley whilst she was shopping in Waitrose, Hill Street. The purse contained documents and cash, with a total estimated value of around £240.

Between 12noon and 1pm thieves stole the purse of a woman in her 80s, from inside her trolley whilst she was shopping in Tesco, Radwinter Road. The purse contained cash, and the total estimated value of the stolen property is around £40.

Police are appealing for anyone with information about this incident to contact officers at Saffron Walden police station on 0300 3334444, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The key things to remember to keep your valuables safe are:

• NEVER let your handbag out of your sight. Carry it in front of you – especially if you’re walking through a shop or a town centre.

• AVOID carrying large amounts of cash, and if your purse or wallet is in a bag, ensure that bag is securely zipped up.

• KEEP your purse or wallet safe at all times. Don’t leave it in your shopping basket, on restaurant or coffee tables, or on shop counters.

Theft can happen very quickly, and you may not notice you’ve been a victim until you next have to make a purchase.


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