Scammers target OAP in Waitrose Car Park

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A 73 year–old-woman from Chandler’s Ford has become the victim of distraction thieves while shopping at Waitrose.

On Wednesday, March 27 the OAP went shopping at Waitrose in Chandlers Ford and paid for items using her bank card.

After she put her shopping bags in her car and just before she got in her vehicle she was distracted by a woman asking for directions.

While she was being distracted CCTV images show a man opening her car door and stealing her card.

The victim describes the woman who distracted her as speaking with an “Eastern European” accent.

Following the theft a number of store transactions and cash withdrawals were made using the card which came to over £1000.

Only bank cards were taken in the theft – the purse and handbag were left behind.

Police have issued CCTV stills of two women and a man shopping at ASDA in Southampton they are keen to speak to.

distraction theft

If you recognise the people in the stills or have any other information please contact PC Stacey Kirby at Romsey Police Station on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555.

Officers are also advising people to be extra vigilant and be aware of the methods used by offenders to prevent themselves becoming victims and are offering free purse lanyards to help foil would be purse snatchers – the lanyards have a rubber loop which can be used to secure mobile phones.

In order to obtain one for yourself or a relative ring 101 for details.


It would seem that this not an isolated incident this particular type of distraction method is a national problem and there have been similar incidents in the County as detailed here

The following clip illustrates how the tricksters operate and how they are able to withdraw cash from ATM machines using stolen cards

  32 comments for “Scammers target OAP in Waitrose Car Park

  1. renard
    May 5, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Thanks for the useful warning, which should be noted by everyone. That video clip is worth watching.

    Note a common factor in these scams, up and down the country. I cannot be more specific for fear of being branded racist (which in itself is deplorable).

  2. Pete Stewart
    May 6, 2013 at 6:48 pm


    If you are suggesting the “common factor” is eastern Europeans, you would not be alone.

    No doubt closet racists would immediately brand you a racist but if it makes them feel better to “externalize” their own latent racism and embody it in you, then heck, let them do it. You sound like you’re big enough to take it.

    BUT… I would question the suggestion that eastern Europeans are the common factor. I’m not saying it isn’t true, I’m just questioning it because I would like to see the evidence.

    Do you have any statistics from any source to suggest eastern Europeans are involved in a disproportionately high level of certain crimes?


    • renard
      May 6, 2013 at 7:13 pm


      1. Read the description of the low-life who scammed that poor old pensioner.
      2. Click on the link in the article and read the description of the low-life in the Winsor crime.
      3. Watch the video and note the descriptions of the low-life there.

      Plus numerous similar reports in the media of this and many other types of street crime with a common denominator.

      I don’t have any statistics but you can’t avoid noticing an elephant in the room . . .

      • renard
        May 6, 2013 at 7:20 pm

        Oh, I have just searched on Google “distraction thieves eastern europeans”.
        Try it, and glance down the search results, from all over the country!

  3. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    May 6, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    I just did what Renard suggested and first hit was this!

    Looks like a similar stunt at Waitrose Winchester just a couple of weeks before.

    One of the female suspects described as “slim build, Very smartly dressed in and black cape and black felt hat” would seem to match suspect in photo expect wearing a fawn cape/poncho not a black one

    I reckon Waithrose Romsey next!

    • renard
      May 6, 2013 at 10:37 pm

      But why have you omitted the very first part of the description issued by the police in that Winchester crime? They say the suspect is a “White Eastern European” . . . once again!

      The clear message from all these similar crimes is that we should be on our guard if approached by Eastern Europeans allegedly seeking directions. That’s not a racist comment, it’s a simple statement of fact based on evidence.

      (A parcel was delivered on Saturday by a Ukrainian bloke. We had a laugh and a joke, very nice man. Then I went to my hand car wash, it’s operated by Poles, all pleasant types. And I had no problem with the many Eastern European staff at a Southampton hospital last week. So I ain’t racist, just sensible.)

      • mm
        Eastleigh Xpress
        May 6, 2013 at 10:49 pm

        Because its not obvious from a photograph.

        • mm
          Eastleigh Xpress
          May 6, 2013 at 11:03 pm

          Just wondering how you know parcel guy is Ukrainian?
          Also wondering how he has managed to get a job delivering parcels if he is as he is not an EU citizen, its hardly a high skilled job and there is no shortage of van drivers.
          Which company was this?

          • mm
            Eastleigh Xpress
            May 6, 2013 at 11:06 pm

            Is it because The Ukraine is in the Eurovision Song Contest, that entitles you to a visa?

          • renard
            May 6, 2013 at 11:09 pm

            The delivery man had an Eastern European accent. When I asked his nationality (during a pleasant conversation), he said Ukrainian. No idea who he worked for, his big white van was unmarked. Perhaps a self-employed courier?

            (What do you mean by your comment “Because it’s not obvious from a photograph”?)

            • mm
              Eastleigh Xpress
              May 7, 2013 at 8:05 pm

              I didn’t mention he had an eastern european accent in my comment because comment relates to photo and it is not obvious from a photo what accent is like and you can’t tell form appearance they eastern European either. There is no agreement I believe to let in self employed Ukrainians as is there is with self employed Turks.(for example)

  4. jo black
    May 7, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    But the still pictures shown are not of Waitrose at all… that is Asda, Waitrose Chandlers ford do not have self service checkouts!

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      May 7, 2013 at 7:59 pm

      Could that be why I wrote:

      “Police have issued CCTV stills of two women and a man shopping at ASDA in Southampton they are keen to speak to.”

      They don’t do their shopping at Waitrose, only their thieving.
      Having robbed someone there they are hardly likely to start strolling round with a trolley I would have thought!

  5. Pete Stewart
    May 7, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Mind you, these opportunist thieves are nothing compared to our politicians who have stolen one of our most valuable possessions: Our jobs!

  6. Brian Norgate
    May 7, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    is there nothing UKIP will jump on the band wagon
    on – one minute its foreigners and crime now its jobs and anything else. where is the substance, you can not run with the Hare and hounds for ever.

    its not long ago when UKIP, part of the tories brought in foreign firms to bid for Government contracts, we all lost when cable and wireless and other companies were privatised by the tories in the 1980s, the Railways were one of them where i worked. sold workers rights – sold pensions rights – ukip supported the tories then didnt they and still do.

    after ukip want to end the tory european supporters
    party, what next – end the 1972 health and safety at work, end employment rights, end industrial tribunals, where next is their vision, if ukip are such good negotitors tell us your long term vision

    talking about opportunists UKIP are all like protest parties such as the Greens and the Lib dems its all they have got, they want to end wealthy pensioner bus passes but other than the minimal cost to produce them but if they are not used it doesnt cost the tax payer anything

    The torys allowed Eastleigh libs to ruin Allington and the Chickenhall Link road, loads of jobs and houses there, where was Ukip then, – no the job losses are our fault, those who didnt vote, those who didnt attend council meetings, those wanting to vote for the winning side without reading any manifestos – mind you i dont think Eastleigh libs have done a manifesto for years

    Chickenhall link road suppported by HCC and PUSH was the main new employment hub costing over £400k for the strategic development plans.

    Farage was right comparing ukip at present to the SDP, funding brought them down, thats why they want to end the trade union political levy, something to
    frustrate the Labour party back to the good old days
    of speaking down to the workers.

    most political commentators think here in Eastleigh
    some one in the Libs screwed up again and allowed ukip to get 3 HCC seats.

    Ukip have the same problem Maggie had she couldnt win the peace, not even in her own party who bought her down, dont forget that

    ukip stood for election for years even as a tory, now you have councillors so you were always part of those opportunistic politicians, tell us how are you going to win the peace

  7. May 8, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Also keep an eye open for a ruse where these guys alledgedly break down and offer to sell you gold jewllery at a knock down price so they can get thier car fixed. I know because they appraoched me once. Hants Police are aware of this sting, that is run by Eastern Europeans. Crime loves open borders!!!

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      May 8, 2013 at 11:26 pm

      About ten years ago while loading my shopping into the car at Tesco Winnall I was approached by a little Italian fella who tried to sell me a ‘designer’ leather jacket at a knock down price. We were there ages arguing the toss – in the end he just jumped back in his car and sped off!

  8. Pete Stewart
    May 10, 2013 at 8:48 am


    Any chance you edit your comment?

    Meanwhile do you understand that GOVERNMENTS since 1973 have supported our continued membership of the EU and that UKIP had nothing to do with this?

    Do you understand how the EU Procurement Directives (especially 90/531) have destroyed our major manufacturing industries? Why do you feel that UKIP is responsible for that?

    Do you accept that in 2004, LABOUR opened our borders to the EU and as a direct result, half a million young British workers have been thrown on the scrap heap because of cheap EU labour flooding into Britain?

    Do you accept that since 1973, at least FIVE MILLION BRITISH INDUSTRIAL JOBS HAVE BEEN DESTROYED because of cheap foreign goods and labour? Do you blame UKIP for that too?

    Finally, do you support UKIP’s policy of protecting British jobs by leaving the EU?

  9. Brian Norgate
    May 10, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Peter – Which bit did you want edited

    No I don’t accept UKIPs one sided view of the points you raise, there is no balance in what you state, I was very disappointed at Diane James comments on job vacancies at the job centre plus at the pavilion in the park hustings, JCP doesn’t work that way but I listened to what she had to say.

    many people who are now ukip members have had a say in politics in the past which you can not deny whether that’s as elected councillors or raising the profile of a subject. I have spoken to many ukip members and from what I have been told by ukips members the views stated are fair comment on their views of anti trade union and Health & Safety laws which was said in a recent election campaign by a ukip candidate(named and dated in Hampshire) whether I agree with Conor Burns MP or not he fought a fair campaign in 2005 and the ukip vote took over 1,000 votes from the tories and Chris Huhne won by 562 how history would be different for Eastleigh

    I have attended many meetings across the south coast, I have raised these points with you but negotiating is you have to not know whether you are accurately representing all of the people all of the time, therefore many people want to be in Europe and many people don’t, so its better to be at the negotiating table having a say rather than shouting from the sidelines

    I didn’t agree with Boorley Green, I didn’t agree with Keith Houses position but being able to ask KH questions was a negotiating position, KH agreed with me it was wrong or HCC not to have a business plan for the top ten roads in Eastleigh and a major reason why Boorley green should not have been built, Ukips negotiating position on Europe is no basis for negotiations for all the British people you have to represent and you must agree both Labour and the tories have strong voices against europe

    I don’t agree with Ukips view on council housing, working with different authorities I have seen several schemes, Eastleighs is best or the council but Southampton council recently took back over 200 homes from to housing association due to poor performance, Southamptons housing is worse than Eastleigh but Southampton are in a better negotiating position for all the people they represent.

    All EBC promises didn’t last long after the 1997 housing agreement which Eastleigh basically gave away council houses and land at a cheap price and the ruling administration in Eastleigh have refused to re open the council house revenue account, yet Southampton never closed theirs, Eastleigh have been far to generous to the housing associations whilst Southampton council just received millions in grants from the Government and they have pro rata cheaper council houses, so negotiations are not black and white which Ukip at some point will have to compromise on with Europe, what will ukip say to those who then oppose your agreements, its easy to be against everything until you are the negotiator.

    I don’t accept Ukip stating 29 million foreigners potentially will be coming to this country is a valid point of view. People from Poland have shown me job adverts placed by British companies and British people saying come to Britain we need you, adverts by British people, I have heard Polish people complaining of British people buying up homes in the Carpathian mountains because many British people took advantage of the changes negotiated by the tories prior to 1997.

    I don’t accept the tory position but there are many tories who will not forgive ukip for the tactics and the policies, many pro Europeans will forgive ukip, how will ukip win the peace that’s what ukip have to understand, just like Maggie she didn’t win the peace and her own side brought her down and not just by the tory pro europeans.

    If ukip ever get to negotiate at some point you will have to make an agreement which many people will oppose and feel let down, So How are Ukip going to win the peace as we all have heard what you have said and written in your leaflets. That’s a fair question you have to answer if you want a place at the negotiating table

  10. May 11, 2013 at 12:51 am

    1973-2004-Lets talk about the 2013
    Nigel has told the people of Eastleigh Millions of immigrants will be coming to Britain. I don’t believe him or you-stir up the people, say anything, make ten million, we need their votes. Blame Labour the Lib Dems and your Tories it worked in Eastleigh.

  11. May 11, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Peter Stewart you should tell people the truth, about UKIP or could be, you don’t know.
    Sam Snook

  12. Pete Stewart
    May 12, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Hello Sam,

    Firstly my question to you again is: Do you support UKIP’s aim of leaving the EU to protect British jobs?

    What UKIP actually said was that Cameron will open our borders to millions from Bulgaria and Rumania. People take this to mean millions will come here because of recent experience.

    The ill fortunes of our workers in 2013 rest on their ill fortunes from 1973 onwards, caused by Labour and Conservative globalist governments opening our borders to “cheap” foreign labour. We cannot ignore the years before 2004.

    The “minimum wage” is part of the EU globalist deception. I believe it came into force in Britain on April Fools Day 1999!

    Its purpose was to condition the British people into believing that cheap labour had been outlawed and thus remove one of the principal objections to opening our borders to the EU in 2004.

    The psychology was simple: If British and EU workers were all subject to the same “minimum wage” then (by implication) there could be no cheap labour.

    By the time our borders were opened to the EU in 2004, most British people had been deceived into believing the flood of EU migrant workers were NOT offering cheap labour, whereas that’s exactly what they were offering (and still do) and that’s why the globalist EU is so keen to have open borders.

    I have checked several sources to find a definition of “cheap labour”. In all cases, it is defined in terms of “a relatively low rate of pay”.

    However if one analyzes the question of cheap labour, it is easy to see it is really defined in terms of “a relatively low rate of pay for a given power output (work/time)”.

    So while the typical EU migrant worker may take the same minimum wage as their British counterpart, they will willingly do twice the amount of work in a given time for that wage (because they are effectively being paid at least twice what they would get paid back home). If British people were paid twice as much, they would work twice as hard too.

    In technical terms, the POWER OUTPUT (work done/time) of a typical EU migrant worker is twice as great for a given amount of money, as their British counterpart.

    From the employer’s perspective, by employing cheap EU labour, they get twice the amount of work done in a given time for a given cost. Thus the labour is actually half price, i.e. cheap labour. Thus the employers profits increase accordingly. I argue that this is immoral, because it destroys British jobs. By definition, immoral profits constitute “profiteering”.

    The 1st phase of the EU globalist strategy (starting 1973) was the destruction of our manufacturing base by exchanging our manufacturing jobs for “cheap” foreign goods. This destroyed at least 5 MILLION British manufacturing jobs (the heart of our wealth creation). With no significant manufacturing base, no wonder Margaret Thatcher said Britain had to become a service nation!

    The 2nd phase of the EU globalist strategy (2004 to 2013) was to destroy our service base, by opening our borders to a mass immigration of “cheap” EU labour.

    On January 1st next year, David Cameron will (be forced to) open our borders to Bulgaria and Rumania. Due to the relatively low cost of labour there, this will mean a massive influx of “cheap” labour, which will not only destroy more British jobs, but the jobs of most of those who have already come here since 2004. This will impose a significant strain on our benefits system.

    Those who doubt that most will come to Britain, rather than other EU satellite states, need only remember that Britain’s benefit system is the envy of the world. We also speak the most useful language in the world and most migrant workers come here to perfect their English.

    There is no limit on the number of “self employed” EU workers who can come to Britain. The only way to stop them, is to leave the EU and regain control of our borders.

    UKIP is made up of ex-members from all political parties, who realize that to continue voting for a succession of Labour or Conservative governments, is to actually cut the economic throat of our own country.

    So my question again to you Sam is this: Do you support UKIP’s aim of leaving the EU or not?

  13. Sam Snook
    May 12, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    When you were welcomed so warmly by this communtiy, with
    all your smiles and hand shakes present for the camera, you
    seem to have forgotten to tell them something.
    This, that your knew candidate for Ramsay (Kent) Mr Martyn
    Heale is a former National Front activist.In fact a former branch
    organiser’ of the ultra right wing British facist party. He stood as
    an NF candidate in Hammersmith (London) Surely you must be
    aware of Heale’s past,This same man was your own personal
    election agent during 2005.
    While you may publically portay UKIP as a legitmate petitioner
    acting on British interest’ the racist and xenophobic truth of
    what you and UKIP stand for is quite obvious.
    Sam Snook

    • Sam Snook
      May 12, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      Sorry title- “Letter to Mr Farage
      from Bulgaria”

  14. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    May 13, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Sam, Pete, you have gone way off topic. The story is not about Ukip.

  15. May 13, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    I support leaving the EU.
    Your Party Leader’s Bulgarian comments however have caused great insult, so I think what is needed here is to explain to Bulgaria that you most certainly do not represent the political
    will of the British people.

    The area Mr Farage chose to focus on in no way represents the
    reality of this wonderful capital city. Mr Farage deliberately
    misrepresented Bulgaria for his own political aim.

    But I will say this, UKIP is no longer an Independece Party-you
    party leader allows BNP-to join the party and in Europe he sits
    with the EDP and you support him.

    We agree on one thing,this that you and I could not be further on the political spectrum. Please stop claiming that UKIP represent the ‘will’ of the British people-you do not.
    Sam Snook

  16. Sam Snook
    May 13, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Sorry Steve I did not notice your message.
    Is there a cabinet meeting this week?

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      May 13, 2013 at 11:35 pm

      Yes Sam, Thursday 🙂

  17. Pete Stewart
    May 14, 2013 at 8:33 am



    Your comments attacking Nigel Farage (May 12th & 13th) are essentially extracts from letters published in the Sofia News (May 3rd and March 14th respectively) by someone signing themselves as British ex-pat “Jonathan Taylor”.

    Firstly if you quote others, you should cite the source and use quotation marks and be careful about signing your name to such people if you don’t know them really well.

    Secondly, is it wise to associate your good name with such a person as “Jonathan Taylor” who, in the March 14th letter attacking Nigel Farage writes,

    “sadly under European law I can no longer have you shot in front of your family”.

    I believe his appalling, implied Nazi style threat is tantamount to incitement to commit murder. For this reason (and others) will you now disavow “Jonathan Taylor”?

  18. May 14, 2013 at 9:31 am

    I think the only topic that isn’t covered here is the cover up regarding who shot JFK.

  19. Pete STewart
    May 14, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Ah yes John, but was he REALLY shot?-)

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      May 15, 2013 at 12:59 am

      Let’s not go there (bangs gong)
      Thread closed!

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