Police Warning Of Distraction Thefts

Police are warning people to stay alert while out shopping after a spate of distraction thefts.

Officers have received several reports of purse thefts at a number of shopping locations throughout Staffordshire.

These incidents have involved elderly shoppers being targeted and have followed a similar pattern where the victim is distracted by conversation, allowing the thief to get close enough to steal a purse or wallet.

A Staffordshire Police spokeswoman said: “We’ve recently received reports of distraction purse thefts at shopping locations across the county.

“These thefts, where elderly shoppers have been targeted, have followed a similar pattern – the offender distracts the victim with conversation whilst getting close enough to steal a purse or wallet.

“Please be alert whilst shopping and make sure that your purse or wallet is securely stored between purchases”.