Thieves prey on shop­pers

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - 24 -

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.

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