Posted on 6th November 2015
Local retailers and businesses are being urged to be vigilant and report suspicious activity to police following reports of distraction thefts in High Peak.
At around midday today (Friday, November 6) a local resident contacted police to report two people acting suspiciously in the Morrisons supermarket on Market Street in Chapel-en-le-Frith.
The man and woman were seen to be talking to shoppers paying for items at the tills and speaking to each other via a radio.
The man was of short, stocky build with grey and white hair, wearing a black jacket and jeans whilst the woman had ginger coloured hair tied back and a black jumper with a fur collar. Both were described as being of Eastern European ethnicity.
The incident follows a similar one in Buxton last week in which a woman was in the Aldi car park on Station Road when she was approached by a man described as Eastern European.
The man asked for directions to the nearest hospital before distracting her with a map. The woman then noticed that an envelope containing cash and a bank card had been stolen from her handbag.
Another distraction theft incident has also been reported to police in Derby in recent weeks.
DC Claire Gyte from Buxton CID said: “I want to stress how important it is for local retailers and residents to come together alongside police to put a stop to this type of crime.
“Offenders target innocent, vulnerable people including elderly residents in a bid to steal bank cards and money. If anyone, be it a member of shop staff or the community, sees people acting suspiciously in shops or car parks, I would urge them to contact officers immediately on 101 to report the incident.”
Always call 999 if a crime is taking place. To report crime anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.