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Thief snatches purse from elderly woman's bag while she is distracted during Aldi shopping trip

By Aimee Jones | Oswestry | Crime | Published: | Last Updated:

CCTV has captured the shocking moment a thief snatches a purse from an elderly woman's bag as she shops in Aldi - while she is distracted by his accomplice.

Aldi in Oswald Road. Picture: Google StreetView

The theft happened as the 87-year-old victim wheeled her trolley around the supermarket in Oswestry yesterday.

It appears to show one man as he motions to grab the purse before returning for a second time, spending seconds rooting in her bag.

He then retrieves the purse, checks it and pockets it as he is walking off.

Meanwhile the woman has been distracted by another man showing her items from the supermarket shelf.

Police are searching for the suspects, who were described as Eastern European and in their 40s.

The theft happened at the Aldi supermarket, in Oswald Road, at around 10.25am.

One man is said to have short hair and was wearing a smart blue jacket, while the other was bald with glasses, stocky and wearing a black jacket.

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Sometime between 11am and 4pm on Monday, a garden shed in Glentworth Close in Oswestry was also raided.

A padlock was removed but no thefts were noted.

Three Chamois Hill rams have also been reported missing, believed stolen on Saturday, from a field near Babbinswood in Whittington.

Anyone with information on any of these crimes should call the police on 101.

Aimee Jones

By Aimee Jones
@aimeejones_star

News reporter based at the Shropshire Star's Oswestry office

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