Newmarket and Haverhill thefts at supermarkets
Police are reminding shoppers to be vigilant of their surroundings, particularly of personal bags and belongings, and to hide their pin number when making their purchases following reports of two thefts at supermarkets.
The first incident occurred in Newmarket yesterday, Wednesday 6 October.
At approximately 3:20pm, a woman in her 60s was shopping at Tesco Extra on Fordham Road when she discovered her mobile phone, which contained her bank cards and a quantity of cash, missing from her pocket.
Her bank card was then used on four separate occasions following the theft and money withdrawn and stolen from her account. The victim believes the suspects may have seen her using her pin when paying for shopping.
Police would like to trace two males in connection with the incident.
The first suspect is described as white, aged in his 40s to early 50s, of slim to medium build, with dark, cropped hair and wearing dark-rimmed glasses, dark blue trousers, a white collared shirt and a dark-coloured puffa coat with a hood. He also had a white earpiece in his left ear.
The second suspect is described as white, also aged in his 40s to early 50s, of medium build and was wearing black trousers, a white shirt and dark-coloured puffa coat with no hood.
Police are keeping an open mind as to whether this is linked to a second incident of theft in Haverhill on Sunday, 3 October.
The offence occurred at some point between 12:45pm and 1pm at the Sainsburys carpark on Haycock Road.
The victim, a woman in her 70s, had been shopping and returned to her car, an orange Suzuki Vitara, which was parked at the back of the carpark. An unknown man was standing near her car but did not speak to her. After unloading her shopping, she returned her trolley to the trolley park during which time she was approached by a second man who asked her for directions to town. On her return, she found her purse stolen from the boot of her car. Money was later withdrawn and stolen from her account.
The first suspect is described as being between 5ft 10ins to 6ft in height, aged in his mid to late 30s and wearing dark clothing. He is also described as clean shaven, with a tanned complexion and acne scars.
The second suspect who distracted the victim is described as being of similar height and age, of medium build, with a tanned complexion, very short, receding dark brown hair and wearing dark clothing. He also wore an earpiece in his ear and spoke with a foreign accent.
Witnesses or anyone with information as to the identity of the offenders are urged to contact Suffolk Police, quoting crime reference number: 37/55826/21 (Newmarket) and 37/55186/21 (Haverhill).
Email: [email protected]
Phone – Call 101
Crimestoppers – Contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form: www.crimestoppers-uk.org
Please note in the event of an emergency you should always call 999
The following steps may help you protect your purse, wallet or bag from thieves:
• Keep your bag closed and close to you at all times if possible, with the opening towards your body.
• Close your purse and put it away before you leave the till point.
• Try not to overload yourself with bags and coats.
• Avoid carrying your wallet or purse in a back trouser pocket.
• Keep cash secure and out of sight.
• When you put money in your handbag, don’t let people see where you put it – especially when you are using an ATM.
• Do not leave your handbag, pushchair or shopping trolley unattended.
• When packing groceries in your car, never leave your handbag on the boot or roof of your car or in the trolley.
Further security advice can be found on the Suffolk Constabulary webpage www.suffolk.police.uk or you can contact your local Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101.