Shoppers are being warned to remain vigilant after purse thieves struck in West Suffolk yesterday.
Two offences were in Bury St Edmunds with the first at 11.30am at a shop, on Cornhill, where a purse was stolen from within a handbag.
This was followed at 1.20pm where a small red patent handbag was stolen from an elderly lady’s shopping trolley at a shop, in Abbeygate Street.
The bag was later found in a bin in the ladies toilet at St Edmundsbury Cathedral.
In Stowmarket, there were two thefts at different stores, in Ipswich Street, between 11am and 1pm, where purses were stolen from handbags.
Finally in Sudbury, between 1pm and 2pm, another purse was stolen from a handbag, in Old Market Place.
The victims of these thefts were predominantly elderly, with one aged in her 90s, two in their 80s and one in her 70s. The other victim was aged in her 30s.
Also yesterday at some time between 1.30pm and 2.30pm at Sainsbury’s, in Bedingfeld Way, Bury a handbag which was left behind on a trolley was stolen. It was later handed-in with the purse which had been inside missing.
Anyone with information about any of these incidents is asked to contact Suffolk Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.