Police have released a CCTV image of a woman they want to speak to after an elderly woman had her purse swiped from her trolley in a Solihull supermarket.

The 78-year-old victim was shopping in a Stratford Road store in Shirley ahead of the coronavirus lockdown when a thief struck on March 20.

The thief stole the purse which had £85 in it.

A further £600 was withdrawn from a bank account after the theft.

Five days later, a second elderly shopper had their purse stolen from a shop in Coventry Road, Small Heath.

The police appeal read: “An elderly woman had a purse containing her bank cards stolen in Shirley, Solihull.

“It was swiped from the unsuspecting 78-year-old’s personal shopping trolley while she was in a Stratford Road supermarket on 20 March.

“The thief took £85 in cash while a further £600 was withdrawn from an account.”

Police said they had had examined CCTV and were linking the incident to the theft of another purse from an elderly shopper in Coventry Road, Small Heath, five days later.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police online via Live Chat at http://west-midlands.police.uk or call 101. Quoting crime reference number 20SH/72489G/20.”

 

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