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Bank cards stolen during distraction theft outside Morrisons supermarket in Hadleigh

Bank cards were stolen from a vehicle in Hadleigh earlier this week, after its owner fell victim to a distraction theft outside a supermarket.

The incident took place at approximately 1.25pm on Tuesday, when a woman aged in her 60s was shopping at the Morrisons supermarket in Calais Street.

After unloading her shopping into her grey Citroen, which was in the supermarket's car park, the woman returned her shopping cart to the trolley bay, when she was approached by a man, who asked for directions to the local vet's practice.

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She stopped to draw a map for the man, during which time bank cards were taken from a bag inside her car by an unknown person.

A short time later, the victim was notified by her bank that a sum of £800 had been withdrawn from her account.

It was subsequently established that two separate attempts were made to withdraw money from her account at the Sainsburys cash machine in Hadleigh Road, shortly after 2pm that afternoon.

The man who distracted the victim is described as standing approximately five feet, eight inches tall, of average build, with olive skin, thick black hair and brown eyes, and he spoke with a foreign accent of unknown origin.

At the time of the incident, he was wearing all black clothing and had a blue medical mask covering part of his face.

Anybody who witnessed the theft or who has any information is asked to contact Suffolk Police on 101, quoting the incident reference number 37/8147/21.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on on 0800 555111.