Posted on 15th November 2016
Police are appealing for information and offering advice after cash was stolen from a woman on a street in Chesterfield yesterday.
The incident happened in a car park off Soresby Street at around 10.15am on Monday, November 14.
A man approached a 75-year-old woman to ask for change for the parking meter. As she opened her purse the man managed to distract the woman and stole cash from her purse.
She did not realise anything had been taken until later the same day when she reported it to police.
There have been two other similar reports made to police that have happened in car parks in Chesterfield during the past week.
The victim described the man as around 5ft 5in tall, with tanned skin, and was wearing a dark smart suit or coat, with a tie and glasses. He spoke with a foreign accent.
Sgt. Dave Nicholls of the Chesterfield Town Centre Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “In these incidents it appears older people have been targeted and thieves have used distraction techniques to steal cash.
“We would advise shoppers and motorists to be alert, and to be cautious if you are approached by a stranger. Always be aware of your surroundings, and if you feel vulnerable or suspicious remember it’s perfectly fine to just say no and walk away.”
People are also advised to avoid carrying large sums of cash with them, to never leave valuables unattended, to keep belongings in a zipped pocket or bag and use a purse chain if you have one.
Sgt. Nicholls added: “If anyone has seen anyone acting suspiciously, or has any information about these incidents then please contact us.
“I would also encourage people to mention the incident to relatives and friends who they think might be vulnerable to make them aware; it could help prevent them from becoming a victim of this type of crime.”
Anyone with information should contact PCSO Karl Marsh by calling 101, quoting reference 16000368380, or send him a message online through the Contact Us page by clicking here.
You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.