A mother’s irreplaceable photograph of her dead son was stolen as she unwittingly gave a conman directions to the hospital.
Faith McJarrow had just finished her food shopping and thrown her handbag in the front seat of her car when a “well dressed” man asked for her help.
“I offered to drive him to the hospital, but he kept asking me to show him where the exit was,” said Mrs McJarrow.
“I realise now that he just wanted me to turn my head while the other man grabbed my bag.”
The thief had time to go into Mrs McJarrow’s bag, then empty her purse of credit cards, an emergency £20 note and a photocard of her son Josh, who only lived for half an hour.
Police are now linking a series of distractions thefts from cars across the city and have released a CCTV image of a man they wish to speak to.
Mrs McJarrow added: “Once I got home and realised what had happened I went back and searched the parameter in case they had chucked the photo somewhere.
“I am totally devastated because that picture means the world to me. I just sat and cried when it sunk in that I won’t ever see it again. I can’t put into words how much grief I feel.”
The other victims were robbed in Sainsbury’s car park, Bletchley, Waitrose car park, Oakgrove, Tesco car park in Winchester Circle, Marlborough Gate and the car park of Secklow Gate.
Anyone with information should phone police on 101.