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Warning to shoppers after purse thefts in Fleet

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Warning to shoppers after purse thefts in Fleet

Published at 1:46pm 6th November 2018.

A warning has been issued to shoppers in Fleet after two purse thefts in the last week.

Police say they are investigating the incidents which happened on Fleet Road and both involved women who had visited a charity shop.

The thefts have prompted officers to put out a reminder for people to keep their valuables out of sight and secure where possible.

On Thursday (1 November) a 69-year-old woman had her purse stolen while out shopping, with it taken sometime between leaving the British Heart Foundation shop and walking to her car, at around 2pm.

The second theft happened on Saturday (3 November), when an 81-year-old woman had her handbag and purse stolen at some point between 12:50pm and 1:15pm.

She had also been in the British Heart Foundation shop and had put her handbag and purse in a trolley, with a cover over it, but found both were missing when she went to pay.

Sgt Rob Wallis, from the Neighbourhood Team in Fleet, said:

“We are doing everything we can to find those responsible.

“This includes reviewing CCTV from the area, as well as carrying out extra patrols.

“I would like to take this opportunity to remind people to keep their bags, purse and wallets out of sight and secure where possible.

“They are many simple steps you can take to help prevent your valuables being stolen, such as keeping bags and purses closed at all times, carrying bags in front of you or diagonally across your chest and avoid carrying significant amounts of cash."

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact police on 101, quoting 44180413365.

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