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Bury St Edmunds pensioner targeted by distraction thieves in supermarket car park

A 70-year-old woman was targeted in a supermarket car park by distraction thieves who took her bank cards and spent more than £4,000.

The incident was in Waitrose car park, in Robert Boby Way, last Thursday, at about 1pm when the pensioner was asked for directions.

The woman, from Bury St Edmunds, said: “I’m upset and feeling gullible but I know they played on my goodwill. I will not be so helpful in the future.”

Waitrose car park where a lady was robbed
Waitrose car park where a lady was robbed

The victim, who was shopping alone, paid for her purchases by card, put the card back into her purse and handbag and made her way to her car.

She was followed by a woman who had been behind her in the check-out queue.

The pensioner put all her groceries in the back of her car, placed her handbag on the passenger’s seat and started to get into the

She was then approached by the woman who had followed her out.

The woman asked the victim for help in finding a dentist in the town and the victim momentarily stepped away from the car to direct the woman.

During this time, the thief opened the passenger door, opened the handbag and stole all her credit and debit cards.

They fastened the handbag up afterwards.

When the pensioner arrived home, she received a phone call from her bank later in the afternoon querying a suspicious purchase made in Norwich.

She then discovered all the cards were missing.

Several other purchases made by the thieves then came to light totalling more than £4,000.

The woman who asked for directions to distract the victim was aged 30 to 40, 5ft 5in tall, was wearing dark clothing, had pulled back hair and spoke with an Eastern European accent.

Anyone with information should contact Suffolk Police on 101 quoting reference 37/15651/20 or visit www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/existing-report-update

It follows similar crimes in September and October last year in Bury. In one incident on September 14, a 93-year-old man was asked for directions at Waitrose, his cards were stolen and his credit card used to withdraw £3,500.

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