Thieves distract Clay Cross shoppers and steal bank cards

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Thieves have distracted shoppers in a supermarket car park and stolen their bank cards.

At about 11.45am on Wednesday, September 23, a 57-year-old woman was putting shopping bags in her car at Tesco in Bridge Street, Clay Cross, when she was approached by a woman asking for directions.

She spoke to the women for a few minutes and then drove home.

She later realised her debit and credit cards had been stolen from her purse, which was in her car while she was speaking to the woman.

The woman who distracted her is in her late-20s, about 5ft 2in tall, with dark hair and a foreign accent.

A similar crime happened in the same car at about 1pm the day before.

A 64-year-old woman was returning her trolley, leaving her shopping and handbag in her unlocked car nearby.

She was approached by a man who asked her for directions.

She later discovered her bank card had been taken from her bag.

The man who distracted her has a tanned completion and dark hair. He wore a blue suit.

A witness told officers she saw a man wearing dark clothing going into the boot of the victim’s car while she was distracted.

In both cases, cash was taken from the victim’s bank accounts.

Witnesses or anyone with information should call Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.