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Warning for Selby Shoppers After Purse Theft


11:06am 16th August 2013

North Yorkshire Police is appealing for witnesses and information after an elderly woman had her purse stolen in Selby town centre.

The victim a 69-year-old local woman was shopping in Sainsbury’s on Abbey Walk between 9.45am and 10.15am on Tuesday 13 August 2013 when her purse containing £180 cash was taken.

While she was at the self-service check out she noticed a woman holding a child in her arms close behind her.

She felt her handbag, which was over her shoulder, being touched but thought it was the young child so didn’t think anything of it.

The next day when she went to collect her purse from her bag, it was missing.

Officers are appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident or saw anyone behaving suspiciously in the store around the time of the incident to get in touch.

The local policing team are also urging shoppers in the town to be vigilant.

PC James Cobbold, of Selby police, said: “ I would urge all shoppers to be aware of who is around them and to keep purses in handbags at all times.

“Make sure your handbag is securely closed when not in use and never leave it unguarded on supermarket shopping trolleys. 

“At the moment, Selby Town Safer Neighbourhood Team are giving out bells you can fasten to your purse which can alert you if it is taken. There are also purse straps available so you can attach your purse to your handbag.”

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 - select option 2 - and ask for James Cobbold.

Information can also be emailed to james.cobbold@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

If you would prefer to remain anonymous, information can be passed to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Please quote reference number 12130138829 when passing information about this incident.


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