Thieves prey on shoppers
CALLOUS thieves have targeted pensioners visiting charity shops.
In the last six months, 16 pensioners have had their purses stolen while in Stamford town Centre. More than half took place in charity shops.
The victims are being distracted by one offender and then pick-pocketed by a second. Shoppers at Stamford branches of Help the Aged, Cancer Research and MIND are all known to have suffered from the thefts.
Inspector Gary Stewart said: “This is not a new problem for Stamford, but it is one we are determined to get a grip on this summer. We are devoting extra resources to the town at key times to make sure shoppers are as safe as possible. We want the public to be our eyes and ears too.”
Police activity will include high visibility patrols to deter offenders, with marked and unmarked vehicles. On Fridays – market days – there will be static points staffed by plain clothed officers. Automated number plate recognition technology will also be used to track suspicious vehicles along town routes.