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Braintree: Despicable thieves trick elderly shopper
1:00pm Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
Two callous thieves distracted an elderly shopper and stole her purse in a “despicable” crime.
The men approached the victim, who is believed to be in her late 70s, in the Sainsbury’s car park in Toft’s Walk, Braintree, at 11am on Sunday.
As she was sat in her silver Volkswagen Polo a man approached her and said there was a problem with her tyre.
While they looked at the type a second man, wearing a hat, opened the passenger door and stole her purse, containing cards and £46.
Insp Mick Couldridge said: “We’d like to draw driver’s attention to the despicable crime that occurred in a shopper’s car park in Tofts Walk, Braintree where an elderly driver was distracted by one suspect whilst another suspect stole her purse from inside the car.
“This is a very rare type of offence in our area but drivers and shoppers should be on their guard and not leave valuables on display or unguarded within easy reach of others.”
Anyone with information is asked to call PS Stuart Smith on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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