Maidstone shoppers reminded to keep purses safe following theft
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Shoppers in Maidstone are being reminded to keep their purses and bags safe after a victim was targeted at an indoor market.
Between 11.30am and 11.45am on Saturday 24 July 2021, it is alleged a woman in her 50s had a purse stolen when she was distracted at Lockmeadow Market in Barker Road.
Inspector Steve Kent of Maidstone’s Community Safety Unit said: ‘While these offences are not common in this town, and our local officers are always alert for suspicious activity, I would remind shoppers to be careful when out and about to avoid becoming victim to opportunist thieves.
‘In this incident, a woman asked the victim to pass her an item she was unable to reach. It was shortly after that the purse was found to be missing.
‘My advice is to never leave handbags unattended on top of prams, shopping trolleys, wheelchairs or mobility scooters. Always keep them zipped up and where you can see them.
‘Do not carry large amounts of cash and, if you have one, a purse chain can be an effective measure against thieves.’
Can you help?
Anyone with information that may assist the investigation is urged to call Kent Police on 01622 604100, quoting crime reference 46/131948/21.
You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, or by completing the online form on their website.