Warning to shoppers over west Kent purse thefts
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Shoppers in west Kent are being reminded to keep their purses safe following three reported thefts.
At around 2.20pm on Sunday 2 August 2020, a pensioner had a purse stolen from her handbag while in a supermarket at Quarry Wood, Aylesford.
A bank card from the purse was later used to withdraw a quantity of cash from an ATM outside the store.
Two thefts in Tonbridge were also reported on Tuesday 4 August.
At around 9.30am, a woman in her 70s was shopping at a supermarket on Quarry Hill Road when her purse was stolen from a bag.
Later that day, another purse was stolen from a shopping trolley in a car park on Swanmead Way while the owner was distracted.
Kent Police’s District Commander for Tonbridge and Malling, Chief Inspector Rachael Cumberland said: ‘I would remind shoppers to be careful when out and about to avoid becoming victim to opportunist thieves.
‘Ensure nobody is able to see your PIN when you use a cashpoint. Never leave handbags unattended on top of prams, shopping trolleys, wheelchairs or mobility scooters.
‘If you have one, a purse chain can be an effective measure against thieves.’
Can you help?
Anyone with information about the thefts should contact 01622 604100 quoting reference numbers 2-1072 and 4-0628.
You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111 or using the anonymous online form.