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CCTV appeal for purse theft pair

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Published at 4:52pm 11th June 2019.

Police are looking for a man and a woman in connection with a purse theft in Bridport last month.

The incident occurred on Friday 17 May. At around 2.40pm the victim, aged in her 60s and from Romsey in Hampshire, withdrew cash from the ATM outside Nationwide in West Street in Bridport. She then went into five charity shops before returning to her car, which was parked on South Street. It was at this point she noticed her purse containing bank cards was missing.

At around 3pm £400 was withdrawn using the victim’s bank card.

In a second incident earlier in the same month a purse was stolen from a woman aged in her 60s as she shopped in Waitrose on Rowlands Hill in Wimborne. This was around 10.20am on Saturday 4 May.

Sergeant Adam De’Ath, of Dorset Police, said: “CCTV enquiries were carried out in relation to both of these purse thefts and we have identified the same man and woman as suspects.

“I am releasing these images in the hope that someone may be able to help us identify them. I would ask anyone who knows who they are to please contact Dorset Police.

"Finally, I would like to remind everyone to ensure they keep their bags and handbags zipped up and closed when out and about to avoid becoming a potential victim."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at https://crowd.in/fVbzMk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55190074588.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via 

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