Tip off leads to arrest of three people in connection with a spate of purse thefts

By Ben Fitzgerald - 28 November 2019


Three people have been arrested in connection with a string of purse thefts after police received information following the recent press appeal.

Yesterday police received a call from a member of the public who had seen CCTV images relating to a theft in Aldi in Swindon.

This information led to the arrest of three people, who police believe are linked to a large number of offences across the county and further afield.

Two men, aged 32 and 39, and one woman, aged 55, have all been arrested on suspicion of theft and are currently in custody at Gablecross Police Station.

Inspector Carly Nesbitt, from Swindon Community Policing Teams, said: "These are significant arrests and come after we have received a large number of reports of purse thefts up and down Swindon and Wiltshire.

"It shows how vital information from the public is - someone saw our social media appeal and realised they recognised the people pictured and could assist with our enquiries.

"These three people will now be interviewed in custody and our investigation will continue."

We would also like to remind people of our crime prevention advice in relation to keeping purses and handbags safe, particularly in the build up to Christmas.

- Never let your handbag out of your sight.

- On public transport, keep hold of it, with the clasp or zip shut so a thief cannot steal your purse.

- Always carry your purse or handbag close to your body.

- Do not carry your handbag by the handle or place your arm through the strap and let it hang. Place one end of the handbag in the palm of your hand, the other in the bend of your elbow. Draw it close to your body. Hang on to it firmly especially when walking close to other people.

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