Police urge Bury St Edmunds shoppers to be vigilant after distraction thefts in Sainsbury's and Waitrose car parks
Police are urging shoppers to be vigilant after two distraction thefts in Bury St Edmunds.
The first incident was in Sainsbury's car park, in Bedingfeld Way, at about 12.30pm on Tuesday, October 1.
The victim was loading her shopping into her car when she was approached by a man asking her for directions to the local hospital.
Whilst distracted, someone stole the victim's bank cards from her purse.
The second incident was on Friday, October 4 at about 4.10pm in Waitrose car park, in Robert Boby Way.
The victim was approached by a woman who told her that someone had hit her car.
While the victim went with the woman her purse was stolen from inside her vehicle.
The man in the first incident was described as about 5ft 8in tall, of a stocky build with short mousy brown hair.
He was wearing a light brown suit with a green badge on the left. He spoke with a foreign accent.
The woman in the second incident was described as white with shoulder length dark hair and spoke with a foreign accent.
A similar distraction theft was also reported in Martlesham.
Anyone with information about these incidents, should contact Suffolk Police quoting crime reference 37/60177/19 for Bedingfeld Way or 60523/19 for Robert Boby Way via www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/existing-report-update.