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 Romford News Stories

Yesterday, 15:00
Amanda Poll competes in Summer of Sound

Hundreds gathered to watch musicians fill a Romford mall with song on Saturday as the latest round of Summer of Sound saw eight contestants selected for the next heat.

Yesterday, 12:00
Snake found Havering Police on Monday  Credit: @MPSHavering

Police are trying to trace the owner of a pet snake discovered on the loose.

Yesterday, 10:00
Aiden Mahony, known to friends as Oggy, was stabbed in January

A man accused of stabbing a football fan to death in a Hornchurch pub will face a retrial, after the jury failed to reach a verdict yesterday (Friday).

Fri, 16:37
Time FM Steve Allen.

Brexit, floods and homework were the topics debated in this week’s Time 107.5FM paper review today.

Fri, 16:33
Market Place, Romford

Traders and shoppers have said how happy they are about the UK leaving the European Union.

Fri, 14:28
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, and Redbridge Conservative leader Keith Prince talk to the press at Gants Hill, ahead of the local elections in May 22th

GLA member for Redbridge and Havering Keith Prince is already backing Boris Johnson to be the next prime minister.

Fri, 12:03
Champion Ganda, of Harold Hill, was stabbed to death in Forest Gate.

A third man has been charged with the murder of a Harold Hill teenager.

Fri, 11:27
Romford Market stall holders pictures this week.

Business experts called on companies in Havering and across the UK to embrace the opportunities offered to them after the UK voted to leave the European Union (EU).

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

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

Competitions

£15k prize bundle

Imagine having the opportunity to win an incredible £15,000 bundle of some of the most amazing prizes available. Well, for one lucky contest entrant that dream could soon become a reality because we at MyOffers are offering an incredible free prize bundle that will make even the most hardened person wild with excitement.

Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe