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Salisbury store targeted during spate of distraction thefts

Salisbury store targeted during spate of distraction thefts

Published by Jack Deery at 11:27am 20th February 2020.

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Lots of similar incidents have happened in supermarkets across Wiltshire.

The car park for the Tesco Extra store on Southampton Road, Salisbury, is where one of a number of distraction thefts have taken place. 

It involves shoppers being asked for help and then having their personal belongings taken. 

Police are now urging us to be vigilant when shopping and be wary of incidents of a similar nature.

Salisbury Tesco Extra Jan 2017 3 (Faye Marsh)
The Tesco store on Southampton Road is one of the supermarkets in Wiltshire that has been targeted


The last theft like this happened at around 2:30pm on February 12th in the Morrisons car park in Warminster. 

A woman in her 80s returned to her car after doing her shopping when a man approached her and asked for help. 

He held a note to the window saying he needed help with a friend who had a medical emergency

She refused to get out of the vehicle, but without her knowing someone had taken her bank card from her purse on the front seat. 

Bank Cards (Faye Marsh)
We are being told to cover our PIN numbers as police believe the offender(s) knew the woman's before taking it

She was told the next day that purchases of around £4,000 were made on her debit card, and all transactions were made using her PIN number. 

Police believe that the offender(s) would have watched the woman punch in her PIN number in store.

PC Sue Ellway said: 

"We are conducting a number of enquiries in relation to these incidents which have no doubt caused a lot of upset and distress to the victims. 

I'd like to remind shoppers of the importance of ensuring you shield your PIN number when shopping as you never know who may be watching. Be aware of your surroundings at all times and if you see anything suspicious, call police immediately on 101 or 999 in an emergency."

Enquiries are ongoing.

Police have also received reports about it happening at Tesco in Swindon and Morrisons in Chippenham

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