Opportunist thefts in Scunthorpe and Brigg prompt police warning to shoppers
Shoppers in North Lincolnshire have been warned about opportunist thieves operating in the area.
Police say thieves are targeting those who are out shopping in an attempt to steal their purses, wallets, money and bank cards.
Around Christmas, police were notified of three separate incidents in which a man and a woman approached elderly people who were out shopping with personal shopping trolleys in Scunthorpe town centre.
They stole purses and wallets from inside the owners trolley.
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These incidents happened inside a British Heart Foundation shop, Boots and a Christmas clothing shop.
Other incidents of a similar nature have recently been reported to police in Brigg and a warning is now being issued to all those people who are out shopping in the area to make sure you keep a close eye on your belongings.
A police spokesperson said: "An opportunist thief will target shopping trolleys and bags that are unzipped and unattended.
"In many incidents it will only take a matter of seconds for the theft to take place, but it might take a while longer for the victim to notice anything has even been stolen.
"By that time the money in your purse or wallet may have been spent and your bank cards used fraudulently.
"Take a few extra minutes to make sure you have your purse, wallet and bank cards well hidden and in a secure place when shopping.
"Sometimes it is easy to forget but don't make yourself a thieves next target."