Thieves who had been checking out parked and unattended vehicles in a crematorium car park near Worthing entered one and made off with valuables from the other.
The incident, captured on CCTV, showed just how easy it is for opportunist thieves to strike.
Police in Chichester are looking for a middle-aged man suspected of stealing a thirty thousand pound ring.
The man asked to examine the diamond ring at Timothy Roe Fine Jewellery in South Street before running off with it.
Officers believe it could be linked to another theft from a jewellery store in Petersfield earlier on Thursday afternoon.
Shoppers are being warned to look after their purses and wallets after a rise in thefts.
Since August, police have received 17 reports of purse thefts in Basingstoke town centre. In most cases, they happened in crowded areas, when someone is distracted for a few moments.
In some cases, thieves managed to get hold of card PINs and withdraw money before the owners reported the card stolen.
On Saturday, a 75-year-old woman's purse was stolen while shopping with a friend and even though she cancelled her cards quickly, £1000 in cash was withdrawn in the minutes before she reported it.
Officers believe the thefts are connected and are appealing for anyone with information to call Sergeant Trevor Taylor on 101.
A woman has been punched in the face by a man who stole her mobile phone and purse in Portsmouth. The 50-year-old victim was walking along an alleyway from Sheffield Road to Guildford Road when a man put his hand into her bag on Saturday. As she tried to fight him off she was attacked and the man fled with her mobile phone and purse.
The man is described as:
- 30 to 35 years
- Slim build
- 5ft 8ins
- Stubble on his face
- Rough looking skin
- Short straight brown/dark brown hair
- Dark grey sweatshirt
Police are issuing a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to following a theft and assault at a Southampton convenience store.
The suspect entered the Co-op on Shirley Road around 9pm, Thursday, May 14, selected several items from the shelves and tried to conceal them.
As he went to leave, he was confronted by a member of staff whom he assaulted before running off. He got away with £20 worth of cheeses.
The shop worker, a 20-year-old man, was uninjured.
The suspect is described as white, aged in his late 30s, 5ft 10ins tall, toned average build, dark brown hair in a pony tail at the back, clean shaven. Police would like to hear from anyone who knows who he is, recognises him or saw anyone matching his description in the area at the time.
Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a theft of a car in Woodford Way car park, Witney.
At 2.15pm on Thursday 12 March unknown offenders stole a green Land Rover Defender from the car park.
The vehicle was seen on ANPR camera entering Swindon on the A420 at 3.50pm the same day.
If you have any information which could help with the investigation, please contact PC Marea Logan at Princes Risborough police station via the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.
If you don't want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.
Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after the theft of a parrot in Wallingford, Oxfordshire.
The theft took place at about 6.45pm on Monday in The Shambles.
The bird is a female African grey parrot named Donna.
Anyone with information about this incident should contact investigating officer PCSO Sue Harris, from Wallingford police station, via the 24-hour enquiry line 101.
If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.
Officers in Wimborne would like to speak to a couple in connection with the theft of trousers from a shop in the town.
At around 10pm on Wednesday 15 April 2015 a man and a woman entered The Minster Boutique on West Street, placed five pairs of trousers worth around £300 in total into a bag and left without making an attempt to pay.
No arrests have been made.
Police are appealing for information following a theft from a shop in Salisbury.
At approximately 1pm on 24th February 2015, a man entered the Nisa Local store in The Crescent and filled a basket with a range of items.
He then left the store without making any attempt to pay for the goods.
A CCTV image of a man police would like to speak with in connection to this incident is above.
Anyone with information should call PC Fritz Macaulay on 101. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously if preferred.
Officers in Poole would like to speak to three people in connection with a theft at John Lewis at Home – with CCTV images being released.
The incident happened at Poole Retail Park around 4.45pm on Tuesday 10 March 2015.
Officers believe two women and a man worked as a team to steal a Bose speaker from the store. No arrests have been made.
Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 11:297. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.