Police in Bury St Edmunds are appealing for witnesses and warning shoppers to remain vigilant after five further purse thefts in the town yesterday.
The thefts all occurred between 10.45am and 12.10pm.
Four took place in Cornhill, with two thought to have occurred inside shops and two while the victims were out in the street.
The fifth incident is also believed to have occurred while the victim was outside, in Brentgovel Street.
The victims were all women aged in their late seventies and eighties and had their purses stolen out of their handbags.
Inspector Jane Hertzog, local policing commander for Bury, said: “We would appeal for anyone with information about these thefts to come forward.
“These are particularly cowardly crimes, preying on more vulnerable members of our community and can be very upsetting for the victims.
“Combating purse thefts is a current policing priority for the Bury Central Safer Neighbourhood Team and as such we are committing extra patrols to the town centre, as well as having the mobile police station present in the market on Wednesdays the next three months, offering crime prevention advice as well as being an additional visible presence.”
Anyone with information about these thefts is asked to contact the Bury Central SNT on 101 quoting reference BU/14/1586, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Police are offering the following advice to help prevent purse thefts:
- Wear a shoulder bag across the front of your body
- Always keep your purse out of sight
- Zip up your bag and keep it closed
- Do not leave your bag unattended or on a shopping trolley or pushchair – hold onto it
- If people push or bump into you check your bag immediately