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Police appeal for witnesses following distraction theft near Fleet

posted 13 Oct 2011, 14:24 by Blackwater & Hawley NHW
Police are appealing for witnesses after a theft incident in the car park of Morrisons in Elvetham Heath, near Fleet.
At about 3pm on September 26, a 71-year-old women returned to her car – a Peugeot 307 - after doing her shopping when she was approached by a man who asked for directions and distracted her attention.
When she arrived home she realised that a debit card had been taken from her purse, which had been in her handbag on the front passenger seat of the car. She informed her bank and was told that £250 had been taken from her account.
She has since remembered that she noticed two men acting strangely when she was at the checkout and may have watched her enter her pin number.
The first man she saw in the supermarket is described as Asian, aged about 50, of average build and about 5ft 7ins tall. He had heavy black stubble, black hair and was wearing dark-coloured clothing.
The second man she saw in the supermarket is described as Asian, aged between 40 and 50, of stock build and of average height.
The man who asked for directions is described as having tanned or olive skin, aged about 20 and about 5ft 8ins tall. He spoke with a foreign accent and wore a grey baseball cap and a white short-sleeved shirt with light checks.
PC Ben Aguirre said: “Did you see anyone asking for directions in the car park or acting suspiciously in the shop? If so please contact me.
“I would also advise people to take car when using chip and pin machines and be aware of anyone looking over your shoulder. Keep your possessions secure when in the car."