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Attempted distraction theft

Police are appealing for witnesses following an attempted distraction theft in a supermarket car park in Liphook.

The incident occurred at around 9.45am on Wednesday, September 11 within the car park at Sainsbury on Midhurst Road.

While loading shopping into her car the victim, a 66-year-old woman, noticed a man open her front passenger door and remove her handbag. A second man then attempted to distract her.

The victim confronted the first man and they both hurried away from the scene empty handed.

The first suspect is described as:
- Possibly Asian
- 35-years-old
- 6ft tall
- Slim build
- Short dark hair
- Wearing a dark jacket and dark trousers.

The second suspect is described as:
- Possibly Asian
- Medium build
- Wearing a tan jacket.

PC James Gillett from Alton police station said:

I would like to hear from anyone who was at the Sainsbury store on that day and noticed anything suspicious. There have been similar offences in the area and we would advise people to be vigilant. We have some tips to help you keep your belongings safe when you are out shopping"

  • Never leave your bag on the trolley unattended and always ensure your bag is zipped up
  • When putting shopping away in the boot of your vehicle always ensure your handbag/wallet is with you
  • If you are distracted for even a moment whilst putting shopping away - keep handbags with you or lock them in the vehicle before speaking to / helping anyone
  • If asked for directions or to look at maps/items ensure you lock personal items in the vehicle first
  • Do not leave valuables on display in your vehicle
  • When filling up with fuel, lock your vehicle when re-fuelling and when you go to pay
  • If you are approached by anyone suspicious, report it to us as soon as possible.

    Article posted on: 18 September 2013

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