Thames Valley Police has released CCTV images of two people who may have vital information in connection with a theft in Banbury.
At approximately 1.30pm on Sunday 14 August, the victim, a 63-year-old woman, had her purse removed from her handbag whilst shopping in Aldi in Banbury.
The victim was shielded from other shoppers after one of the suspects appeared to be inspecting a blanket. Within minutes of the incident, the victim’s bank cards had been used in the nearby Tesco supermarket for a high value purchase.
Officers would like to speak to anyone, particularly the man and woman in these images, who may have information which could help with the investigation.
Investigating Officer PC Suzanne Goodman, based at Banbury police station, said: “The victim had her handbag over her shoulder, so was taking steps to avoid this type of risk. It seems these offenders were determined and well versed in what they needed to do.
“I would encourage everyone to ensure that their personal belongings are secure on their person when out in public places and be mindful of those around you in retail environments where you are most likely to be using cash, cards or a mobile phone for payment.
“I would like to talk to anyone who may have any information which they think could help our investigation into this incident. Please get in touch by calling the Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101.”
If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers (opens new window) anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.