Police officers investigating a spate of diversionary thefts at supermarkets across Sussex have released images of four men they are seeking to identify.
Officials have received a number of reports of elderly and vulnerable women having bank cards and money stolen in areas including Crawley, Hove, Horsham, Haywards Heath and Rustington.
In each case, someone observed the victim enter his PIN number at the register before sending a description of the victim to a second suspect who was waiting in the parking lot.
The victim is then distracted while unpacking their groceries, allowing a third party to steal purses and bank cards from their purse.
In most cases, the purse was left in the same place, which means victims don’t realize their wallets or cards are missing until they get home.
At this point, money has already been withdrawn from their account.
Officers investigating the thefts believe the four men pictured could help with their ongoing investigations and are asking them, or anyone who recognizes them, to come forward.
Do you recognize these men?
We would like to speak to you in connection with a series of thefts in supermarkets #Sussex.
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— Sussex Police (@sussex_police) December 12, 2022
With busy Christmas shopping ahead, police are urging people to be vigilant and watch out for suspicious activity in shops and supermarkets.
Shoppers are encouraged to check their surroundings before entering their PIN codes, always cover the keyboard, and keep a close eye on purses or valuables in public places.
Anyone with information can report it to the police online or call 101 quoting serial number 47220206182.
Alternatively, information can be passed anonymously to the police via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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