Distraction theft in Bideford but help is at hand

Police are appealing for witnesses following a distraction theft of an elderly woman in North Devon.

The incident that happened between 2:30-3:30pm in Tesco Car Park, Manteo Way, Bideford on Monday 17 December. The victim, a 90-year-old local woman was loading shopping into her car when she was approached by four men.

It wasn’t until she arrived home that she realised her handbag was missing, which contained cash and other personal items.

PC Craig Darby, said: “We are appealing for witnesses and want to hear from anyone who can help us identify the culprits of this distraction theft. If you know who was responsible or was in the area at the time, please contact the police.

“This crime has targeted a vulnerable lady, but the community has come together to help her following this theft. Due to the time of the year and the massive impact that this crime has had on the victim, the Devon and Cornwall Peelers fund has kindly donated a food hamper and has obtained vouchers to the value of £50 from Banbury’s Barnstaple to assist the victim replace the stolen handbag.

“Further to this, the victim had mentioned to Police that the cash she had on her at the time she had saved for a new mattress to which Braddicks of Bideford have also made a kind gesture towards the victim.”

If you have any information please phone 101 or email 101@dc.police.uk or contact Bideford Police via our Facebook Page and quote CR/116569/18.  If you wish to contact us anonymously, phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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