Police are advising shoppers to take extra care of their valuables after a wallet was stolen in a North Tyneside supermarket.
The theft happened at the Morrisons store on Hillheads Road in Whitley Bay on September 24.
An 82-year-old woman had left her bag on the shopping trolley while in the store. A thief stole her wallet containing bank cards and used them to steal cash from her bank account.
Officers are making enquiries at the store and are checking CCTV.
"We want to remind shoppers, both in town centres and supermarkets, to make sure they keep a close eye on their wallets and purses at all times
"Valuables should be kept in zipped compartments and it's vital that nothing is left unattended in trolleys or out of sight. Unfortunately opportunist thieves do operate and by taking crime prevention steps people can reduce their risk of falling victim to such a crime.
"If anyone sees suspicious behaviour in a shop or witnesses a theft taking place, they should contact police straight away."
Anyone with information should call police on 101.
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