Thieves go on £7k shopping spree after stealing elderly lady's purse in Waitrose car park

Police are looking for this person Credit: Gloucestershire Constabulary

Thieves spent more than £7,000 after stealing an elderly woman's purse in a Waitrose car park in Gloucestershire.

The victim, who is in her 70s, was distracted while her purse was taken while loading shopping into her car off Sheep Street in Cirencester.

Gloucestershire Police are appealing for help in identifying a man they would like to speak to in connection with the incident.

Officers say one man distracted the woman while another man walked to the other side of her car, opened her rear driver door and took her purse out of her handbag.

More than £7,000 in purchases were then made at various places across Cirencester and Stroud.

Do you recognise this man? Credit: Gloucestershire Constabulary

Officers have now released a CCTV image of a man who they want to talk to in connection with the incident which happened at around 11.20am on 6 October last year. They are asking for anyone who recognises him to come forward.

They would also like to speak to anybody who remembers seeing something at the time but who did not report it.

Anyone who recognises the man is asked to contact Gloucestershire Constabulary through the website, quoting incident 209 of the 8 October.

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