Distraction thieves steal from woman in supermarket car park

The Argus: Distraction thieves steal from woman in supermarket car park Distraction thieves steal from woman in supermarket car park

'Helpful’ thieves targeted a woman.

She was approached in the Tesco's car park in Lottsbridge Drove, Eastbourne, on Tuesday (30) morning.

The woman had finished her shopping and was in the supermarket’s car park when a man knocked on her window and pointed out a long nail in her tyre.

She got out to investigate and the man took the nail and withdrew it from the tyre.

It was later at home that she found two bank cards had been taken from her handbag that had been in the car and £300 taken from each.

Sgt Julian Williams said: "It seems the woman was distracted while another person stole her bank cards. I urge people that when someone grabs your attention, for whatever reason, know that your bag and wallet are secure.

"It is possible that someone saw her enter her pin number at the checkout. We would advise always to cover the screen when inputting the number and realise that thieves can sometimes act in pairs or groups. We are investigating this incident and want people to be aware."

On January 22 there were two similar incidents in Tesco car parks in Hailsham and Uckfield where an Eastern European woman and man tricked the drivers in checking their tyres for nails and a purse and debit card were stolen.

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2:03am Sat 1 Feb 14

whatevernext2013 says...

sounds a bit odd ,did she also leave her pin numbers on the cards
sounds a bit odd ,did she also leave her pin numbers on the cards whatevernext2013

10:43am Sat 1 Feb 14

andyfm says...

Surely if you pull a nail out of a tyre it will deflate,so how did she drive home?????
Surely if you pull a nail out of a tyre it will deflate,so how did she drive home????? andyfm

2:17pm Sat 1 Feb 14

Sir Prised says...

Ah, the benefits of our EU cousins !
Ah, the benefits of our EU cousins ! Sir Prised

5:30pm Sat 1 Feb 14

PETE OF QUEENS PARK says...

Sir Prised wrote:
Ah, the benefits of our EU cousins !
Yer keep letting them in.
[quote][p][bold]Sir Prised[/bold] wrote: Ah, the benefits of our EU cousins ![/p][/quote]Yer keep letting them in. PETE OF QUEENS PARK

6:55am Sun 2 Feb 14

nosolution says...

whatevernext2013 wrote:
sounds a bit odd ,did she also leave her pin numbers on the cards
No, crowded her at the cash machine, allegedly. It was on Facebook. ..
[quote][p][bold]whatevernext2013[/bold] wrote: sounds a bit odd ,did she also leave her pin numbers on the cards[/p][/quote]No, crowded her at the cash machine, allegedly. It was on Facebook. .. nosolution

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