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Appeal for witnesses after theft

March 13, 2013, 3:53 pm

Police investigating the theft of a purse whereby the suspects have used a distraction technique are releasing a CCTV image of two people they would like to speak with as part of their inquiries.

The offence occurred on Monday, February 18, at 4.45pm in the Tesco car park in Mutton Lane. The victim, a man in his 80s, has been approached by a man and a woman, who have told the victim he has dropped some money. The victim was unsure of this but the offenders convinced him it belonged to him and he took the money and went to his car.

The offenders have followed the victim and asked for the money back. As the victim went to give them the money, the offenders have snatched the mans wallet taking a credit card before leaving the scene. The offenders then used the card at three separate cash points in the area.

PC Ruth Cash is investigating and said: “Firstly I would appeal to anyone who recognizes the two people pictured to contact me. I would also be interested in hearing from anyone who may have witnessed what happened to call with information.

“It is possible there have been other incidents of this nature in the area and I would ask any other potential victims to contact me. It is also important for people to call police immediately if they are approached in this way.”

Anyone with information should contact PC Ruth Cash via the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference number J3/13/162.Alternatively, call Crimestoppers, the independent charity, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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