Warning after spate of handbag thefts in Basildon and Wickford

Warning after spate of handbag thefts

Warning after spate of handbag thefts

First published in Echo News
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by , Reporter

BASILDON police are warning shoppers to be on the lookout after a spate of purse dippings.

Four people, including a pensioner and a new mum, have had purses and mobile phones stolen in Basildon and Wickford town centres, in the past week.

One woman had her £500 iPhone stolen from her child’s pram as she walked through Basildon town centre.

Police are unsure if a gang is operating in the area because so far only one victim has been able to give a description of a suspect.

Angie Torrance, station sergeant at Basildon police station, said: “We sometimes get spates of these kinds of thefts in our town centres.

“We are currently investigating if these incidents are linked and if they are being committed by an organised group of people or if they are opportunist offences.

“In the meantime, we have issued crime prevention advice to the public so they can keep themselves safe.”

A 60-year-old woman from Basildon had her purse stolen from her handbag as she walked in Market Pavement, at about 10.10am on May 9.

The woman was carrying her bag on her arm and had put her purse in the bag, but had not zipped it up.

The purse contained £39.

A 33-year-old man had his £500 iPhone mobile phone stolen from his pocket in Basildon town centre at about 3.15pm on May 7.

A 54-year-old woman’s purse was taken out of her handbag at about 2pm on May 9.

Her bag was hanging on a shopping trolley as she shopped in the Card Factory, in Wickford. The purse contained £37.

The woman told police the thief was dark skinned, with dark hair and was wearing a cardigan.

Thieves stole a £500 Apple iPhone out of a pushchair in Town Square, Basildon, at about noon on May 10.

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4:18pm Mon 19 May 14

pembury53 says...

we dip here, we dip there..... with eastyjet we can dip just about anywhere !
we dip here, we dip there..... with eastyjet we can dip just about anywhere ! pembury53
  • Score: 10

6:05pm Mon 19 May 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

Well the iPhone is easy to find. Apple have an app called "find my iPhone"
Well the iPhone is easy to find. Apple have an app called "find my iPhone" Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 10

6:12pm Mon 19 May 14

BasildonDond says...

Is 'dark skinned' the PC way of saying black or was he tanned ? The police probably already know who this scumbag is - the defense vultures, CPS and brainless judges is where the law fails law-abiding people.
Hope the victims recover from their ordeals
Is 'dark skinned' the PC way of saying black or was he tanned ? The police probably already know who this scumbag is - the defense vultures, CPS and brainless judges is where the law fails law-abiding people. Hope the victims recover from their ordeals BasildonDond
  • Score: 16

7:01pm Mon 19 May 14

pembury53 says...

BasildonDond wrote:
Is 'dark skinned' the PC way of saying black or was he tanned ? The police probably already know who this scumbag is - the defense vultures, CPS and brainless judges is where the law fails law-abiding people.
Hope the victims recover from their ordeals
i doubt in this instance 'dark skined' means black.... 'dipping' isn't usually their modus operandi.....
[quote][p][bold]BasildonDond[/bold] wrote: Is 'dark skinned' the PC way of saying black or was he tanned ? The police probably already know who this scumbag is - the defense vultures, CPS and brainless judges is where the law fails law-abiding people. Hope the victims recover from their ordeals[/p][/quote]i doubt in this instance 'dark skined' means black.... 'dipping' isn't usually their modus operandi..... pembury53
  • Score: 0

7:19pm Mon 19 May 14

Almeda11 says...

Moral of the story; always keep your bags zipped up with purse at the bottom, don`t leave iphones on top of prams, and a sure fire way to avoid being ripped off it to always keep your purse in another bag, plastic bag and twisted around so no one can get their hands inside.
Moral of the story; always keep your bags zipped up with purse at the bottom, don`t leave iphones on top of prams, and a sure fire way to avoid being ripped off it to always keep your purse in another bag, plastic bag and twisted around so no one can get their hands inside. Almeda11
  • Score: 11

10:31pm Mon 19 May 14

Kim Gandy says...

pembury53 wrote:
we dip here, we dip there..... with eastyjet we can dip just about anywhere !
Naughty, you'll have the resident Echo website gestapo on your back for that comment. Surprised the Moron Supreme hasn't already had a pop at you!

:P

.....but what on earth are people doing leaving phones in prams, bags unzipped and things in pockets... all of which are a muggers' wet dream.
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: we dip here, we dip there..... with eastyjet we can dip just about anywhere ![/p][/quote]Naughty, you'll have the resident Echo website gestapo on your back for that comment. Surprised the Moron Supreme hasn't already had a pop at you! :P .....but what on earth are people doing leaving phones in prams, bags unzipped and things in pockets... all of which are a muggers' wet dream. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 2

10:51pm Mon 19 May 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

BasildonDond wrote:
Is 'dark skinned' the PC way of saying black or was he tanned ? The police probably already know who this scumbag is - the defense vultures, CPS and brainless judges is where the law fails law-abiding people.
Hope the victims recover from their ordeals
They can't say because of "diversity" laws
[quote][p][bold]BasildonDond[/bold] wrote: Is 'dark skinned' the PC way of saying black or was he tanned ? The police probably already know who this scumbag is - the defense vultures, CPS and brainless judges is where the law fails law-abiding people. Hope the victims recover from their ordeals[/p][/quote]They can't say because of "diversity" laws Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: -3

11:16pm Mon 19 May 14

pembury53 says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
pembury53 wrote:
we dip here, we dip there..... with eastyjet we can dip just about anywhere !
Naughty, you'll have the resident Echo website gestapo on your back for that comment. Surprised the Moron Supreme hasn't already had a pop at you!

:P

.....but what on earth are people doing leaving phones in prams, bags unzipped and things in pockets... all of which are a muggers' wet dream.
like candy from a baby, for those versed in the art.....
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: we dip here, we dip there..... with eastyjet we can dip just about anywhere ![/p][/quote]Naughty, you'll have the resident Echo website gestapo on your back for that comment. Surprised the Moron Supreme hasn't already had a pop at you! :P .....but what on earth are people doing leaving phones in prams, bags unzipped and things in pockets... all of which are a muggers' wet dream.[/p][/quote]like candy from a baby, for those versed in the art..... pembury53
  • Score: -3

10:16am Tue 20 May 14

VeteranOfMany says...

BasildonDond wrote:
Is 'dark skinned' the PC way of saying black or was he tanned ? The police probably already know who this scumbag is - the defense vultures, CPS and brainless judges is where the law fails law-abiding people.
Hope the victims recover from their ordeals
I wonder when people will learn not to have their valuables on show ? but then that's why they have them in the first place, to pretend they are affluent individuals, not penny less single mums from Basildon
[quote][p][bold]BasildonDond[/bold] wrote: Is 'dark skinned' the PC way of saying black or was he tanned ? The police probably already know who this scumbag is - the defense vultures, CPS and brainless judges is where the law fails law-abiding people. Hope the victims recover from their ordeals[/p][/quote]I wonder when people will learn not to have their valuables on show ? but then that's why they have them in the first place, to pretend they are affluent individuals, not penny less single mums from Basildon VeteranOfMany
  • Score: 1

11:03am Tue 20 May 14

Almeda11 says...

VeteranOfMany wrote:
BasildonDond wrote: Is 'dark skinned' the PC way of saying black or was he tanned ? The police probably already know who this scumbag is - the defense vultures, CPS and brainless judges is where the law fails law-abiding people. Hope the victims recover from their ordeals
I wonder when people will learn not to have their valuables on show ? but then that's why they have them in the first place, to pretend they are affluent individuals, not penny less single mums from Basildon
l take your point, but in reality if they really were penniless they wouldn`t be able to afford these phones.
[quote][p][bold]VeteranOfMany[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BasildonDond[/bold] wrote: Is 'dark skinned' the PC way of saying black or was he tanned ? The police probably already know who this scumbag is - the defense vultures, CPS and brainless judges is where the law fails law-abiding people. Hope the victims recover from their ordeals[/p][/quote]I wonder when people will learn not to have their valuables on show ? but then that's why they have them in the first place, to pretend they are affluent individuals, not penny less single mums from Basildon[/p][/quote]l take your point, but in reality if they really were penniless they wouldn`t be able to afford these phones. Almeda11
  • Score: 4

7:06pm Tue 20 May 14

LexyGirl says...

Don't leave bags on the floor when you are eating out either, they can easily be taken when you are distracted and enjoying your meal
Don't leave bags on the floor when you are eating out either, they can easily be taken when you are distracted and enjoying your meal LexyGirl
  • Score: 3

7:11pm Tue 20 May 14

Lilycrybaby says...

Saw group go three one woman two men foreign looking very suspect eyeing everyone and acting subspiiouce
Saw group go three one woman two men foreign looking very suspect eyeing everyone and acting subspiiouce Lilycrybaby
  • Score: -1

10:18pm Tue 20 May 14

Mikkel1 says...

I see women with purses, or other valuables on show almost every day and simply ASKING to have them nicked.
I see women with purses, or other valuables on show almost every day and simply ASKING to have them nicked. Mikkel1
  • Score: -1

9:41am Mon 26 May 14

Bigmama1 says...

This is what happens when we allow our borders open to the thieving scum from Europe. The purse/ handbag snatching is becoming more prevalent now. Whenever will people take care after all the warnings we've had? Do not trust anyone that's my motto. Think, think and think again you people. Do not make it easy for these dippers.
This is what happens when we allow our borders open to the thieving scum from Europe. The purse/ handbag snatching is becoming more prevalent now. Whenever will people take care after all the warnings we've had? Do not trust anyone that's my motto. Think, think and think again you people. Do not make it easy for these dippers. Bigmama1
  • Score: 2

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