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CCTV appeal following purse theft -Berkhamsted

12 Mar 2019
  • Police would like to speak to the man pictured as part of their enquiries following a purse theft in Berkhamsted.

  • A woman’s purse was stolen after she had paid for goods in Waitrose and her bank card was subsequently used to withdraw cash.

  • Officers believe the man pictured may have been the area at the time and may have information that could help the investigation.

  • Anyone with information is asked to contact PCSO Katie Braham.

Police are releasing a CCTV image of a man they would like to identify as part of their enquiries following a purse theft at Waitrose in St Johns Well Lane, Berkhamsted.

At around 12.40pm on Saturday, February 16, an offender watched the victim – a woman - put her PIN in to pay for her goods at the checkout before taking her purse out of her handbag and using her bank card to withdraw cash.

Officers would like to speak to the man pictured as they believe he was in the area at the time of the offence and may have information that can assist the investigation.

Anyone who recognises him is asked to contact PCSO Katie Braham by emailing, calling the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference 41/15438/19 or report information online.

Alternatively, you can stay 100% anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their untraceable online form.

PCSO Braham said: “We’ve had a number of reports of purse dippings in Berkhamsted and we are working hard with local retailers to identify and arrest the offenders.

“I’d like to urge shoppers to please be aware of those around you when paying for goods and to always ensure you shield your PIN number.

“Use a handbag that can be closed properly –zipped up preferably – so that it is more difficult for someone to open it and reach in. Where possible use a handbag that can be carried with the strap across your body and keep it in front of you so that it is harder for someone to reach in.”

 

 

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