Warning after distraction theft in Downham Market

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Police are warning shoppers to be wary of distraction thefts following an incident in Downham Market this week.

The warning comes after a lady had her bank card stolen from her handbag outside Tesco on London Road.

The incident took place on Wednesday, 22 January at approximately 1pm. The lady, aged in her 80s, was waiting at the self-service check outs when she was encouraged by the lady ahead of her to go through first as she only had a couple of items.

The victim then left the store and was approached by the same female in the car park who asked her for directions and showed her a map.

The lady later discovered that her bank card had been taken from her purse, which was left unattended during the conversation, and £300 was subsequently withdrawn from her account.

The female offender is described as having olive skin, with a foreign accent, approximately 5ft 5 in her early 30s. She was accompanied by a man described as aged in his 40s - 50s, stocky build with balding grey hair and some teeth missing.

Shoppers are advised to be vigilant whilst shopping and loading their vehicles and to ensure that their bags are secure at all times. If someone asks you for help and you are uncomfortable politely decline and walk away. Any suspicious activity should be reported to police on 101 or call 999 if a crime is in progress.

Anyone with further information about this incident should contact Downham Market Police Station on 101 or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.