[Reference: C3226 purse thefts 22/2/11]
Three reports have been received regards purse thefts whilst shopping at supermarkets today on Tuesday 22nd February. One occurred in Staveley, one in Belper, & one in Chesterfield.
It appears the offenders distract the elderly or vulnerable shopper with questions about products & the purse is then removed without them realising it.
Please make sure you keep your bags & purses secure when out & about. Never put your bags in your trolley or on the hook, it only takes a second for someone to take it when your attention is elsewhere.