Purse thief targets elderly Hatfield shopper

PUBLISHED: 12:36 14 December 2018 | UPDATED: 12:36 14 December 2018

Police would like to speak to this woman to help with their enquiries into a purse theft in Hatfield. Picture: supplied by Herts Police

Police would like to speak to this woman to help with their enquiries into a purse theft in Hatfield. Picture: supplied by Herts Police

Herts Police

Police have released a CCTV image of a woman they would like to speak to as part of their enquiries into a purse theft from an elderly lady in Hatfield.

On Monday, December 10 at 3.30 the victim was shopping in Poundland in the Town Centre when the offender unzipped her handbag without her knowledge.

The offender then followed the victim around the shop and pretended to bump into her before taking her purse from her handbag and leaving the shop.

The victim, who is in her 80s, only realised her purse was missing when she went to pay for her items at the till.

PC Lee Rowson, who is investigating, said: “I am keen to identify the woman pictured as we believe she was in the area at the time of the offence and may have information that could help progress our enquiry.

“If you know her, or have any further information that could assist us, please email me at lee.rowson@herts.pnn.police.uk, call the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 41/64523/18, or report information online at https://www.herts.police.uk/Report.”

Alternatively, you can stay 100 per cent anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their untraceable online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. For over 30 years, Crimestoppers has always kept its promise of anonymity to everyone who contacts them.

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