Shoppers warned after distraction theft at Morrisons

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Police have revealed a woman was targeted by conmen as she was putting her shopping in her car at Belper’s Morrisons supermarket.

The victim was approached by a man with a map who distracted her by asking directions to Macclesfield.

Meanwhile, his accomplice entered her car and took bank cards from her purse. These were quickly used to withdraw money from her account.

The first man is described as being white, in his mid-forties, 5’11” tall, of heavy build with dark hair and long sideburns or abeard.

He was wearing a safari style hat, thick black rimmed spectacles and khaki combat trousers.

If you have any information regarding the theft, which took place at around 11am on August 24, contact the Derbyshire Police Volume Crime Team on 101, quoting crime number 37040/12

In previous examples of this type of crime in other parts of Derbyshire the shopper has been watched as they put their pin number in at a checkout or cash point before being targeted by card thieves.

Derbyshire Police Community Information Officer, Tim Parkin, said: “If you see someone that you think is acting suspiciously, please inform shop staff, security staff and telephone police.