Chesterfield shopper’s CCTV call after store bag theft

Vanessa De Frece had her bag pinched at Morrisons Chatsworth Road Chesterfield.

Vanessa De Frece had her bag pinched at Morrisons Chatsworth Road Chesterfield.

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A shopper who had her handbag snatched from a Chesterfield supermarket is angry the store has no CCTV cameras that could help police catch the thief.

Vanessa Defries, 56, of Holymoorside had her Michael Kors handbag stolen from her car as she left Morrison’s superstore on Chatsworth Road.

She said: “I only turned my back for a few seconds and in that time someone had been into my car and taken it.

“I didn’t even notice until the bank called later to say there had been unusual activity on my cards.”

“I was in disbelief that it had happened to me - I still can’t believe that it did.

“I am now drowning in paper work trying to sort everything out and I could have had my identity stolen so I feel like my privacy has been compromised.”

Vanessa said she had spoken to a manager at the store who said they had requested CCTV cameras for the car park and the cash point area but had been turned down by management.

She is frustrated the store haven’t been able to help the police and doesn’t want the thieves to feel they have ‘free rein’.

After stealing the bag on Tuesday September 20 theives withdrew money from a number of cash points in the area using Vanessa’s cards.

A spokesperson for Derbyshire police said they would be trying to access CCTV from the places the thieves had visited in the hope of identifying them.

A spokesperson for Morrisons said: “We believe that this is an isolated incident and have asked our store colleagues to be vigilant.

“We have regular announcements in our stores reminding customers to look after their belongings and work with local police and security experts to regularly review security measures.”