Disabled Potters Bar widow urges people to be vigilant after distraction theft
PUBLISHED: 09:54 26 February 2016 | UPDATED: 10:05 26 February 2016
An elderly widow is urging people to be on their guard after she fell victim to "dreadful" distraction thieves in Potters Bar.
The 81-year-old disabled widow had just finished her shopping in the Tesco superstore in Mutton Lane, Potters Bar, when a man approached her and picked up a bunch of flowers she had just put into her boot.
He commented on how nice the flowers were, asked how much they were and put them back, during which time it is thought that an accomplice took her purse from inside her bag on the shopping trolley.
The theft happened about 12.30pm on Sunday, February 21, and the brazen thieves wasted no time in withdrawing money from her account, using a cashpoint at Tesco there and then.
In total, they took more than £400.
The grandmother said: “It’s just a shock. You’re trying to help someone out who is asking questions and this happens.”
PC Paul Francis is investigating and said: “Whilst the man was distracting the lady I believe other offenders have removed her purse. I would like to speak with the three people pictured as they may be able to assist with my investigation.”