Police appeal for witnesses of purse theft in Harpenden

Police are appealing for witnesses to a theft in Harpenden, which saw an elderly woman's purse stole

Police are appealing for witnesses to a theft in Harpenden, which saw an elderly woman's purse stolen - Credit: Archant

Police are appealing for witnesses after an elderly woman had her purse stolen while shopping.

The 80 year old woman was targeted by a man in his 20s at the Harpenden branch of Sainsbury’s on June 2.

While the woman was distracted, a white man described as 6ft 2, slim and bald, stole the purse out of her handbag on the trolley.

He was said to be wearing blue jeans, a black coat, white trainers and black sunglasses.

The man then met up with a second man, before walking down the High Street and past the Harpenden Arms.


You may also want to watch:


The second man has been described as 5ft 10, with short black hair, wearing a dark jacket and jeans. PC Mark Smith, said:

“It is particularly distressing when the elderly and vulnerable are targeted by offenders and so I would urge anyone who believes they know the identity of either man to contact me straight away.”

Most Read

It is believed the men had come from the direction of Leyton Road, and the second man was sitting outside Sainsbury’s while the first man entered the store.

Anyone with information should contact the non-emergency number 101. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter
Comments powered by Disqus