Police seek duo over ‘nasty’ theft in Staple Hill

Police are investigating the theft of a woman’s purse at a supermarket car park in Staple Hill and want to speak to two men in connection with the incident.

A shopper in her 60s felt she was being watched when paying for groceries at the store in Broad Street on Wednesday 20th November.

Returning to her car, between 11 am and 11.10am, she was approached by a man who asked for directions to Cossham Hospital. A second man stole her purse from the vehicle while she was distracted.

The purse contained credit cards, the victim’s driving licence and cash. The cards were subsequently used to withdraw money and pay for goods. Some of the items were found discarded in a hedge in Kingswood on Thursday 16th January, but the purse has not been recovered.

The two white men they wish to speak to are said to be aged 25 to 35 years old with Eastern European accents. The man who approached the victim for directions was described as 5ft 6-7in, with black hair and wearing a grey top and jeans.

The second man who stole the purse was described as wearing a navy or dark puffed jacket, dark jeans and grey boots. He was said to have dark short hair and some dark facial hair.

Investigator Hannah Gordon said: “This is a particularly nasty crime, targeting and preying on people’s good nature and wanting to help.

“This is a common tactic where men, generally, target women on their own within the store. They then film or watch them enter their PIN number, before preying on them in the car park to ask for directions with a map or notepad.”

If you can help call 101and give the call handler the reference number 5219268675

You can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.