Police are warning shoppers in Bury St Edmunds to remain vigilant – both men and women – after two more thefts in the town.
Yesterday, for the first time since the recent spate of thefts started, a man was targeted.
The victim, aged 73, had a wallet and small change purse stolen from the open pocket of his jacket.
It is believed to have taken place between 11.05am and 11.10am at a shop in Cornhill.
A 67-year-old woman also had her purse stolen from an open top shopping bag at some time between 11.45am and 12.15pm.
It is thought to have happened at a shop in Charter Square.
Inspector Jane Hertzog, local policing commander for Bury, said: “We continue to urge shoppers to ensure they keep their purses and wallets secure and this appeal goes out to both men and woman, as these thieves have now demonstrated that they are prepared to steal from pockets as well as dip into bags.
“This issue remains a priority for the Bury Central Safer Neighbourhood Team, and I encourage members of the public to go and visit the mobile police station for crime prevention advice, which will be present in the market on Wednesdays until September.
“In addition to uniformed officers being present in the market to combat these thieves, we also have plain clothes officers carrying out covert surveillance.
“Although the two incidents yesterday are a setback, the number of thefts is reducing, with none reported last week, and we are determined to eliminate these crimes and catch those responsible.”
Anyone with information about the 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 and wallet 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
- Keep wallets in front trouser pockets or inside jacket pockets - never keep them in a rear trouser pocket or an open jacket pocket