shoppers warned after distraction theft
supermarket shopper in Burnham-On-Sea has told how thieves have
begun targeting single female motorists in the town.
Gray was shopping at the town's Tesco store in Love Lane this
week when her debit and credit cards were taken during a suspected
incident took place just after she'd finished her shopping and
was heading to her vehicle when a man approached her and said
he had spotted two wires hanging under the front of her car and
offered to help investigate.
helped him open the bonnet, leaving her handbag in the car. While
she was at the front of the car an accomplice must have got into
the vehicle and stole her debit card from her bag.
the man fiddled with the front of the car, removed the wires and
told Shirley she should check her headlights before driving off.
was only because Shirley stopped at Sanders Garden World in Brent
Knoll a few minutes later on her way home that she realised her
card was missing, though £50 in cash was still in her purse.
she thought she might have left it at Tesco, but on returning
there and finding it still missing she called her bank and found
the card had been used less than half an hour later at Morrisons
in Bridgwater, first to buy a small amount of groceries, and then
to draw £250 in cash from a cashpoint.
recalls a woman standing close to her as she bought items in Tesco,
and thinks that is where they got the PIN that allowed the withdrawal
is sure that if she hadn't gone to Sanders she might not have
missed the card, giving the thieves the chance to go on a lengthy
bank has said it will refund the cash, as Shirley made every effort
to conceal her PIN, and did not hand it over voluntarily.
police spokeswoman said: "If you are on your own and a similar
incident happens lock the car doors and put personal belonging
in the car boot. We take cases of theft extremely seriously and
are investigating the crime."