Shoppers in Newmarket are being warned to remain vigilant after two elderly women had their purses stolen last week.
The first theft took place between 2.30pm and 3pm on Tuesday August 4 in the Guineas Shopping Centre.
The victim, a woman in her 70s, was bumped into by another woman causing her to stagger backwards. A few minutes after this, the victim realised her purse had been stolen from her handbag.
Following this, between 3.30pm and 4pm on Thursday August 6 near the Clock Tower in Old Station Road, a woman in her 90s reported being approached by another woman near the Clock Tower in Old Station Road.
The woman claimed to be collecting money for charity and so the victim got her purse out of her handbag to give her some change. At this point the suspect bumped the victim’s hand causing the purse to fall to the ground and then picked it up, stealing £60 in cash and a credit-card holder in the process.
The suspect then made off along Old Station Road heading away from town and the victim chased after her towards Chevely Road before losing her near The Gallops.
Anyone with information about either of these crimes is asked to contact Newmarket CID on 101 quoting reference NE/15/1348, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Police are offering the following advice to help prevent purse thefts:
- Wear a shoulder bag across the front of your body
- Always keep your purse out of sight
- Zip up your bag and keep it closed
- Do not leave your bag unattended or on a shopping trolley or pushchair – hold onto it
- If people push or bump into you check your bag immediately
- If approached by people collecting money for charity always ask to see photo identification