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Two charged following supermarket distraction theft

Two charged following supermarket distraction theft Credit: PA

Two men have been charged in connection with a theft from a pensioner's handbag, captured on CCTV in a supermarket in Shropshire.

The 87-year-old victim, who has not been named, is alleged to have been distracted by a male while another rifled through her bag and removed a purse.

Officers investigating the theft in Aldi, Oswald Road, Oswestry, on 24 October, have now charged two men:

  • Catalin-mihai Verea, aged 44 and of Thimblemill Road, Smethwick, has been charged with theft from a person
  • Florin-iulian Bajanaru, aged 38 and of Mill Hill, Smethwick, has been charged with theft from a person

They have both been bailed to appear at Telford Magistrates' Court on 28 November.