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Date: 07 November 2019

Warning after handbag dippers target elderly shopper

We're appealing for the public's help in identifying two people wanted in connection with attempted theft of an elderly shopper's purse.

The incident happened while the victim was shopping in Aldi, Melksham, on 9 September.

PC Nicola Burt, from Trowbridge Community Policing Team, said: "CCTV shows the pair deliberately targeted the victim, following her into the store and waiting for, what they thought to be, the right moment to grab her purse.

"Luckily, a member of the public saw what was happening, prompting the male suspect to get rid of the purse, and challenged their actions.

"I'd warn all shoppers to be careful, make sure your handbag is secure and your purse is in a zipped-up compartment. Handbag dippers are opportunists so make it difficult for them!"

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 and quote crime reference 54190089474.
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Lee Pelling (Police, Neighbourhood PC, CPT Trowbridge)

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