man given exclusion order after purse thefts in Burnham
man has been given a six-month exclusion order that prevents him
from entering Somerset after stealing shoppers' purses in Burnham-On-Sea
and the surrounding area.
man, from London, was arrested after his car was stop-checked
in Burnham-On-Sea when it was identified by police as having previously
been involved in a crime near Street.
a search of the vehicle, a purse was found which was found to
have been stolen from a shopper at a Burnham supermarket.
occupants of the vehicle were detained and a follow-up investigation
saw video clips from CCTV cameras in supermarkets and banks in
the Burnham area being examined.
methods of offending involved targeting lone females who were
shopping, distracting them, and then stealing their purses from
man appeared at Taunton Dean Magistrates Court last week where
he received a 12-month community rehabilitation order for 150
hours of unpaid work, a six month exclusion order preventing him
from entering Somerset. He was also directed to pay £200
compensation to his victims.
Mike Tripp told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It is important for
us all that we have been able to catch these two travelling criminals
and to put a stop to their illegal activities. It appears their
intention was to target shoppers going about their daily business.
This success is a good opportunity to remind everyone not to keep
their PIN numbers with their cards and be aware that others may
be trying to catch you off guard using distraction tactics."
type of offence is fortunately not a frequent event in our area
but anyone who has any concerns about their safety whilst shopping
in our towns must speak with a member of staff who will be happy
to help or call the police."