Shoppers' warning after thieves steal from elderly man in Chesterfield town centre

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Police are urging shoppers to be vigilant after cash was stolen from an elderly man’s bag while he was out in Chesterfield.

At around 10am on Wednesday, November 18, a man withdrew some money from a bank in the town centre before going into a shop on Vicar Lane.

The 89-year-old later noticed that his bag had been tampered with and the cash inside had been stolen.

Safer Neighbourhood officers are urging local shoppers to be vigilant and to ensure their belongings are safe and secure when they are out in the local area.

Crime prevention advice from Derbyshire police includes:

• Use items including purse bells, chains and alarms to deter opportunist thieves;

• Do not leave your purse or bag unattended;

• Carry bags and purses with the zips to the front, making it more difficult for anyone trying to unzip your bag;

• Do not place handbags over the backs of chairs when having refreshments in restaurants or cafes;

• Be aware of your surroundings and look out for people acting suspiciously

To report suspicious activity to police call 101 or 999 if a crime is taking place.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 to report crime anonymously.