Shop thief snatches purse with obituaries of victim’s children

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The 81-year-old victim was targeted in the theft as she shopped in Tesco in Dibden (Photo: Google)

AN elderly mother lost the obituaries for two of her children when her purse was stolen in a Dibden supermarket.

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The 81-year-old victim was targeted as she shopped in Tesco in Sizer Way sometime between midday and 12.30pm on Thursday 5th December.

She raised the alarm after noticing her purse had gone missing from her bag.

As well as the two obituaries, also taken were a photograph of her grandson along with a bank card and a quantity of money.

The purse is described as black leather, rectangular in shape, and featuring a zip with a popper over the mid-point.

Police investigating the theft are urging people to come forward if they saw anyone acting suspiciously in the store around the time it took place.

They also want to hear from those who may have seen have seen an abandoned purse in the area.

Shoppers are being reminded of advice they can follow in a bid to avoid falling victim to thieves.

A Hampshire police spokesperson said: “As we are in the busy Christmas period, now is a really good time to be extra vigilant and make sure you’re keeping your valuables safe when you’re out shopping but this advice is valid all year round.”

The advice includes keeping purses and bags closed and secure at all times, carrying bags in front of the body or diagonally across your chest, and quickly returning payment cards to the purse or wallet and zipping or buttoning it up.

People are also advised to use purses that are difficult to open, with those that zip or snap shut most recommended, and to keep them closed.

Money belts are also suggested for those carrying a significant quantity of cash, with wallets concealed in a buttoned or zipped up pocket. Bags should also not be hung on the backs of chairs, shopping trolleys or pushchairs.

Anyone with information about the purse theft should contact Hampshire police on 101, quoting crime reference number 44190437350, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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