AN ELDERLY woman has been victim to a supermarket distraction theft after her phone and purse were stolen.

At around 11.30am on Wednesday, November 8, a 76-year-old woman was putting her shopping into the boot of her car when a man distracted her.

She was parked in the Wolverton Tesco superstore when a man approached her asking if she knew where the pharmacy was. 

Police said when she got into her car, she realised her phone and her purse were missing from her handbag.

Since then her cards have been used fraudulently.


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Police said the offender is described as an Asian man, around 6ft tall and approximately 40-years-old.

He had short, dark grey hair, a moustache and was wearing a grey jacket or anorak.

The victim’s vehicle was a dark grey VW Golf. She was not injured in the incident.

Case investigator Kerrie Burns said: “This incident has occurred in a busy Tesco car park in the late morning.

“I am appealing to anybody who was in the area at the time and believes that they witnessed this incident to contact Thames Valley Police.

“I would also urge anybody who was using their car in the car park and who may have dash-cam, to please check this and contact us if it has captured anything that may assist this investigation.

“You can get in touch by making a report online or by calling 101, quoting reference number 43230502442.

“Alternatively, you can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”