Search

Thief distracted shopper and pickpocketed her in supermarket car park in Hornchurch

19:02 28 November 2012

Archant

»A good samaritan is warning people to be on their guard after she had her cash card stolen by a man she had stopped to help.

Anne McHugh, of Patricia Drive, Hornchurch, was targeted by a pickpocket last Friday in Tesco, Roneo Corner, Hornchurch, at 4.45pm.

Anne, 65 said: “I feel really sick that I have fallen victim to something like this because I should have been more aware.

“I would not like anyone else to go through this.”

Anne had just finished her shopping and was loading it into her car when she said a man ran over asking for help.

The man put a leaflet in her face and asked if she could read out an address, but she says that the address was in Wales.

Anne says that the man moved the leaflet closer to her face and pointed to something else on the page before making off. She only noticed that her card was stolen when she went to use it the next day.

Targeted

When she called her bank she was told that someone had tried three times to access her account. She said: “I was lucky that nothing was stolen, but at the time I did think it was strange that he was asking me to read out an address that was in Wales.

“He just kept on saying ‘no’ and pointing to somewhere else. He was putting the leaflet closer in my face, but wouldn’t let me hold it.”

Anne believes that she might have been an easy target because she put her card in the wallet, then in her purse without zipping it up.

She also says that she noticed a man walking back and forth to the woman behind her in the checkout.

She believes that the two incidents could be linked.

She said: “I remember asking the woman if she wanted to go in front of me because she only had a few items but she said no.

“I would warn everyone to make sure that they put their cards properly in their wallet and zip up their purse.”

n Anyone with information should call the police on 101.

0 comments

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 18:18
NHS unions have called off industrial action

NHS trade unions have suspended industrial action due to take place across London on Thursday.

Yesterday, 17:42
The man at the front is seen running away with the bag belonging to the man in blue

A have-a-go hero who witnessed a shocking daytime robbery in Hornchurch town centre drove after the culprits and retrieved the victim’s stolen bag.

Yesterday, 13:35
Wanted in connection with fraud, Rui Miguel Mendes de Brito, also known as Adewale Rui Adeniji

Police are searching for a man who they would like to speak to in connection with a fraud that occurred almost four years ago.

Yesterday, 13:26
Davy Priestly

A photography graduate has gone global after his transgender-based work was featured in a Miami exhibition.

Most read news

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

News from your area

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24
Our trusted business finder

Fans of cool pictures of fire – this one’s for you.

Have you noticed lots of ladies with smudged lippie on social media lately? Find out why they’re deliberately committing a make-up faux pas.

Emergency declared as blizzard is expected to dump up to 24 inches of snow.

With 100 days to go until the General Election we decided to give it a try.