Driver distracted as thief stole handbag


A driver was tricked into pulling over so that a thief could steal her handbag.

The 68-year-old was driving through the Netherfield estate when she was flagged down by an unknown woman who in another car on Buckland Drive.

When the victim pulled over, she was told her that there was smoke coming out from underneath her car and advised her to get out and take a look.

The victim did this and examined the rear of the car with the woman - but there were no problems.

When she got back into the car, she realised her handbag was missing from the front passenger seat.

Police believe that the woman driver distracted the victim while another offender, unseen by victim, entered her car through the passenger side front door and stole her handbag.

The offender is Asian, approximately 5ft 4ins, aged between 30 and 40, of medium build, with long straight brown hair and a long face.

She spoke with a local accent and was wearing a grey long-sleeved top. Her car was possibly a hatchback.

The stolen handbag had a black crocodile-skin effect and contained a small black leather purse, cash, a photo, a Nokia mobile phone and a red leather card wallet containing bank cards.

PC John Hayle said: “This theft took place in broad daylight.

“I would ask anyone to come forward who may have seen the victim speaking to a woman by the roadside, or who may be able to help with the identity of the vehicle that one of the suspected offenders was driving.

“Some of the items stolen have a sentimental value so if anyone finds a photo or religious token which may have been discarded in the area please hand it in to the police so that they can be reunited with their rightful owner.”

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