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.
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