CCTV of suspect released after pensioner purse thefts in Swindon and Trowbridge branches of Aldi

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POLICE are appealing for information following two thefts at Aldi supermarkets across the county.

On 17 February 2016, a 72-year-old woman was shopping in the Aldi store in Bradley Road, Trowbridge, when she left her trolley unattended for a very short period of time so she could select an item from the shelf.  When she then went to pay at the till, she noticed her purse was missing from her bag.

On 8 March 2016, a 69-year-old woman was shopping in the Aldi in Drove Road, Swindon, when she noticed someone bump into her with their trolley. When she then went to the till, she too noticed her purse was missing from her bag.

Police are linking the two incidents and have released CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the thefts.

PC Martin Annetts said: “I would like to issue a reminder to the public to take simple steps to reduce the risk of falling victim to this type of crime. Please always ensure your purse or wallet is not on display and where possible, keep it on your person at all times in a fastened bag. Do not keep your PIN number with your credit or debit card.

“If you see anybody acting suspicious, please report it to police immediately.”

Anyone with information on the two incidents should call PC Annetts on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously if preferred.

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