Police have released images of two men they would like to speak to after a man had his bank card stolen and cash taken from his account at a supermarket in Ripley.
The 76-year-old had been shopping at the Lidl store on Chapel Street at around 12 noon on Thursday, April 13 when a bank card was stolen from his wallet.
Cash was withdrawn from the account and the card was also later used to pay for services.
A 71-year old woman was also in the car park at the same store at 12.15pm the same day when she was approached by two men while she was returning her trolley.
One of the men stood in front of the woman, and the other behind and she felt a hand inside her bag. She turned around and shouted and the men walked off towards Chapel Street. Nothing was stolen.
She described one of the men as being around 5ft 4in, of slim build and with a beard. He had been wearing a dark jacket. The other man is described as being taller and was wearing dark rimmed glasses.
There have been two other similar incidents in the Amber Valley area, one which was reported to have taken place in the retail park car park on High Street, Loscoe, on Thursday, March 16 and the other at Asda in Langley Mill also on Thursday, April 13. It is not yet known if the incidents are linked.
As well as appealing for information, police are also urging shoppers to be alert and aware of their surroundings.
PC Neil Hopwell of the Ripley Town Centre Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “Please be alert while you’re out shopping in stores and car parks, and aware of anyone acting suspiciously or nearby.
“Make sure your purse, wallet or any other valuables are hidden away in a zipped bag and consider using a purse chain or bell to help make your purse more difficult for a thief to steal.
“Never leave bags unattended, avoid carrying large amounts of cash whenever you can, and never keep pin numbers to bank cards written down in the same bag, purse or wallet.”
If you recognise the men or have any information which you think could help please contact PC Zoe Newton on 101, quoting reference 17*155348, or send her a message online through www.derbyshire.police.uk.
You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.