Please be aware we have had an increase in distraction purse thefts in Romsey town. Over the last couple of weeks we have had reports of customers who have been approached in the car park after they have paid for their shopping. The suspects approach them asking for directions and while being distracted another suspect will retrieve the cards from purses, wallets and or bags. It is believed the suspects have been watching their target entering their PIN's when paying at the tills.
Suspects have then used the cards to purchase items and to withdraw cash from ATM's.
Please be extra vigilant when paying for items at tills, and always shield the PIN pad. We also advise not to engage in the conversation when being approached in car parks.
The suspects are described as smartly dressed males, that are believed to be Eastern European