Greasy-haired man snatches handbag from woman’s car as she reverses in Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 14:52 21 June 2017

Waitrose in Welwyn Garden City.

Waitrose in Welwyn Garden City.

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A brazen thief opened the passenger side door of a car and stole a woman’s handbag as she was reversing out of a parking space in Welwyn Garden City.

Officers were called to Waitrose at about 8.30pm yesterday after an Osprey handbag, containing a red purse and phone, was taken from the front passenger seat of a silver Fiesta.

A woman in her 70s, who had been shopping in Waitrose, was reversing out of a parking space when the thief opened her car door.

After grabbing the handbag, he fled.

A police spokeswoman said: “The suspect got into a white Audi car.

“He has been described as Asian, aged 20 to 30 with short black greasy hair.

“He is estimated at 5ft 9 to 5ft 10 and of slim build.

“He was wearing a light coloured T-shirt and dark trousers.

“The woman was waiting to leave her parking space and he has opened the front passenger door.

“She was reversing out of the space.”

In a Neighbourhood Watch message to residents, Police Community Support Officer Bill McCaskie wrote: “Police would advise that handbags and wallets are never left unattended in the vehicle where they can be seen by passers-by.

“Get into the habit of stowing your bag under the passenger seat, making sure that the door is locked and the window is shut.

“If you have unloaded your shopping and are returning your trolley, lock your vehicle and take your handbag with you.”

•Police are appealing for witnesses and information.

If you can help, call 101 quoting crime reference B1-17-2536.

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