Elderly shoppers targeted by team of thieves


Christmas shoppers in Fife have been targeted by a team of thieves.

Police are investigating distraction three incidents in Dunfermline, Cupar and Kirkcaldy on Monday 18th December.

A team of three suspects targeted older customers in supermarkets, watched them using their pin numbers and while distracting them by asking for directions, stole their purses.

The suspects then withdrew cash from their accounts using the cards in the purses.

The first suspect is described as being a woman in her 30’s with fair to mid-brown hair worn in a ponytail. She was wearing a cream, thick roll-neck jumper, parka jacket, and glasses. She was of average height and build and may have had an eastern European accent.

The other two suspects were men, one in his 30’s, the other in his 40’s or 50’s and both around 5ft 10in in height.

The younger man is described as slim-built with a dark complexion and facial stubble. He was wearing a flat cap, fur-trimmed parka and ripped jeans.

The older man was of stocky build with grey hair and was wearing a dark baseball cap, fur-trimmed parka and jeans.

Sergeant Sharon Holmes of Cupar police station said, “We are following positive lines of inquiry, however we are urging the public to take a few precautions as follows:

“Please make sure you shield your PIN number. If people are standing too close to you, then ask them to move away or stop your transaction.

“Keep your purse or wallet safely secured in a zipped bag or pocket, never leave them unattended in trollies or car boots.”

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