Suffolk Constabulary - Ipswich/Kesgrave - Appeal following distraction thefts

Following a number of distraction thefts in the area, police are reminding members of the public to be aware of keeping personal possessions hidden from opportunist thieves.

The first incident occurred between 12.20pm and 1.30pm on Saturday 16 January at Sainsburys in Felixstowe Road, Ipswich.

A woman, aged in her 50s, was shopping in store and at some point, an unknown person stole her purse from her rucksack that was hanging on the trolley hook. The Mulberry purse contained cash and cards.

Another incident occurred between 11.15pm and 12.15pm on the same day at Tesco at Copdock Interchange.

A woman, aged in her 60s, had hung her bag on the trolley hook and later noticed her purse had been taken. The purse contained cash and cards.

A third incident occurred shortly before 4pm on the same day at Tesco in Ropes Drive, Kesgrave.

A woman, aged in her 60s, was shopping and at some point, her purse containing cash and cards, was stolen from her handbag.

Anyone with information about these incidents, should contact the Crime Coordination Centre, quoting the relevant crime reference numbers:

- 37/2531/21 Sainsburys Felixstowe Road, Ipswich

- 37/2522/21 Tesco Copdock Interchange

- SC-16012021-240 Tesco Ropes Drive, Kesgrave

Please note in the event of an emergency you should always call 999

Police offer the following crime prevention advice:

  • Keep your bag closed and close to you at all times, if possible with the opening towards your body.
  • Close your purse and put it away before you leave the till.
  • Try not to overload yourself with bags and coats.
  • Avoid carrying your purse or wallet in a back trouser pocket.
  • Keep cash secure and out of sight.
  • Do not leave your handbag, pushchair or shopping trolley unattended for any length of time.

Further crime prevention advice is available to view and download by visiting


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