‘Sneaky’ thieves trick shopper, 72, with directions ruse


POLICE are reminding shoppers to be vigilant after an elderly woman’s purse was stolen by a group asking for directions.

A 72-year-old woman was walking to her car along Rose Hill, Chesterfield, when she was approached by three women who asked for directions.

One of the women then opened a large map and used it to distract the victim while one of the others stole her bank card from her purse.

The women then walked away and the victim only realised her card was missing later that evening.

Money was stolen from the victim’s account after the incident at around noon on September 1.

The thieves are described as of Eastern European appearance, slim build, with long, dark hair. Two of the women were around 5ft 3in tall and the other was around 5ft 8in tall.

Inspector Steve Ball, who is in charge of policing in Chesterfield, said: “Thieves are using increasingly sneaky tactics to try to confuse people so they can steal their belongings.

“Shoppers should be vigilant at all times to what is going on around them and ensure bags are secure at all times.

“I would also advise people to avoid carrying large amounts of cash and never keep your PIN or password details with your bank cards.“

If you have information about theft contact Derbyshire police on 0345 123 3333 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.