Purse dippers steal more than £700 from Maldon shoppers

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Hundreds of pounds have been stolen from women’s purses in Maldon over four days.

An elderly victim lost £700 cash when she was distracted by thieves in Maldon High Street at about 1pm last Monday and her purse was taken.

A second woman went to Poundstretcher in the High Street at 9am the next day after withdrawing money from a cashpoint, and was approached by someone claiming she was returning a £10 note she had left hanging out of the ATM.

When the victim opened her purse, the suspect placed the £10 note inside and tried to steal a debit card from the open purse.

The victim realised what was happening and he dropped the card then walked off with another man.

A woman in her 80s had her purse containing £51 stolen from her bag in Iceland in the High Street at 11am last Wednesday.

And two elderly victims were targeted within minutes of each other in Morrisons in Limebrook Way the next day at noon. One had her card used at a nearby cashpoint following the theft.

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5:49pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Jack222 says...

A less emotive and more accurate heading would be 'Five elderly women targeted' whilst shopping. It's not the free for all implied by the emotionally charged heading... Sure five is too many but it's five out of how many thousands not targeted? So we dont have to go into the paranoia state about Maldon shopping really...
A less emotive and more accurate heading would be 'Five elderly women targeted' whilst shopping. It's not the free for all implied by the emotionally charged heading... Sure five is too many but it's five out of how many thousands not targeted? So we dont have to go into the paranoia state about Maldon shopping really... Jack222
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7:36pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Regbluebottle says...

This has been a problem in Maldon for about 5 years now, there were Essex Police boards placed along the High St and outside Morrisons' warning people of these scum.

And how many arrests have been made over that time? Absolutely NONE!!!

Well done Essex Police for protecting our vunerable elderly citizens...you've really surpassed yourself in the 'completely useless' stakes. Of course there is so much crime in Maldon you must be rushed off your lazy feet....NOT GOOD ENOUGH.

And haven't these shops got CCTV?
This has been a problem in Maldon for about 5 years now, there were Essex Police boards placed along the High St and outside Morrisons' warning people of these scum. And how many arrests have been made over that time? Absolutely NONE!!! Well done Essex Police for protecting our vunerable elderly citizens...you've really surpassed yourself in the 'completely useless' stakes. Of course there is so much crime in Maldon you must be rushed off your lazy feet....NOT GOOD ENOUGH. And haven't these shops got CCTV? Regbluebottle
  • Score: 9

6:40pm Thu 26 Jun 14

FamouSam says...

Regbluebottle wrote:
This has been a problem in Maldon for about 5 years now, there were Essex Police boards placed along the High St and outside Morrisons' warning people of these scum.

And how many arrests have been made over that time? Absolutely NONE!!!

Well done Essex Police for protecting our vunerable elderly citizens...you've really surpassed yourself in the 'completely useless' stakes. Of course there is so much crime in Maldon you must be rushed off your lazy feet....NOT GOOD ENOUGH.

And haven't these shops got CCTV?
Reg, calm down.

Sure, a few hundred quid got nicked and that's a shame. But the headline could also read ' No one murdered in Maldon again this year' or alternatively 'traffic deaths in Essex at an all time low'. I'd say the police are doing a bloody good job.

Of course they could send the SWAT team and drone dept to Maldon High St, but then who's going to catch the idiot doing 50 mph outside a school while our kids are trying to buy some lunch.

And are you going to fund the flying squad's new 'stop petty crime on Maldon High St' team. It'll cost a whole lot more than 700 quid.
[quote][p][bold]Regbluebottle[/bold] wrote: This has been a problem in Maldon for about 5 years now, there were Essex Police boards placed along the High St and outside Morrisons' warning people of these scum. And how many arrests have been made over that time? Absolutely NONE!!! Well done Essex Police for protecting our vunerable elderly citizens...you've really surpassed yourself in the 'completely useless' stakes. Of course there is so much crime in Maldon you must be rushed off your lazy feet....NOT GOOD ENOUGH. And haven't these shops got CCTV?[/p][/quote]Reg, calm down. Sure, a few hundred quid got nicked and that's a shame. But the headline could also read ' No one murdered in Maldon again this year' or alternatively 'traffic deaths in Essex at an all time low'. I'd say the police are doing a bloody good job. Of course they could send the SWAT team and drone dept to Maldon High St, but then who's going to catch the idiot doing 50 mph outside a school while our kids are trying to buy some lunch. And are you going to fund the flying squad's new 'stop petty crime on Maldon High St' team. It'll cost a whole lot more than 700 quid. FamouSam
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8:36am Fri 27 Jun 14

Regbluebottle says...

Sam, although a *few hundred quid* maybe nothing to you for an elderly person this could be a huge amount. Aside from that it could also have a psychglogical effect on the victim.

I'll ignore your childish SWAT team etc comments. The point I'm raising is that this has been an ongoing problem in Maldon for YEARS and Essex Police don't seem to be either able or willing to stamp it out.
Sam, although a *few hundred quid* maybe nothing to you for an elderly person this could be a huge amount. Aside from that it could also have a psychglogical effect on the victim. I'll ignore your childish SWAT team etc comments. The point I'm raising is that this has been an ongoing problem in Maldon for YEARS and Essex Police don't seem to be either able or willing to stamp it out. Regbluebottle
  • Score: 2

9:54am Fri 27 Jun 14

Grumpy36 says...

This has been a problem in Maldon since I moved to the area 10 years ago.

Something needs to be done to stop it., everyone needs to play a part in that, not just the police. We all need to warn our elderly friends and relatives to be careful, when out shopping we need to look out for elderly people who are alone, and most of all if we see something we need to shout / ring the police - it's much better to be safe than sorry.
This has been a problem in Maldon since I moved to the area 10 years ago. Something needs to be done to stop it., everyone needs to play a part in that, not just the police. We all need to warn our elderly friends and relatives to be careful, when out shopping we need to look out for elderly people who are alone, and most of all if we see something we need to shout / ring the police - it's much better to be safe than sorry. Grumpy36
  • Score: 2

10:38am Fri 27 Jun 14

Hawthorne says...

Regbluebottle wrote:
Sam, although a *few hundred quid* maybe nothing to you for an elderly person this could be a huge amount. Aside from that it could also have a psychglogical effect on the victim.

I'll ignore your childish SWAT team etc comments. The point I'm raising is that this has been an ongoing problem in Maldon for YEARS and Essex Police don't seem to be either able or willing to stamp it out.
Look...you're both right. Modern policing has moved on from the idyll that most people hope for of bobbies on every corner. We don't live in an episode of 'Heartbeat'.
In a world of limited budgets and funded largely by the political football of council taxes, Essex police have to weigh up the cost-effectiveness of every decision. Is that right? Of course not. Calling them useless is hardly fair...I doubt many PCs would have joined up only to be told they can't afford to protect pensioners. And yes, the trauma suffered by someone who DID grow up in that Heartbeat safe era being robbed must be very acute and very distressing.
You know who I think could do more? Let's start with Morrissons. How long has this been going on in and around their store? Where's the CCTV? Is there a Maldon Chamber of Commerce? What are they doing?
I'm afraid in this day and age, policing can't all be down to the Police. Absurd, but a fact nonetheless.
[quote][p][bold]Regbluebottle[/bold] wrote: Sam, although a *few hundred quid* maybe nothing to you for an elderly person this could be a huge amount. Aside from that it could also have a psychglogical effect on the victim. I'll ignore your childish SWAT team etc comments. The point I'm raising is that this has been an ongoing problem in Maldon for YEARS and Essex Police don't seem to be either able or willing to stamp it out.[/p][/quote]Look...you're both right. Modern policing has moved on from the idyll that most people hope for of bobbies on every corner. We don't live in an episode of 'Heartbeat'. In a world of limited budgets and funded largely by the political football of council taxes, Essex police have to weigh up the cost-effectiveness of every decision. Is that right? Of course not. Calling them useless is hardly fair...I doubt many PCs would have joined up only to be told they can't afford to protect pensioners. And yes, the trauma suffered by someone who DID grow up in that Heartbeat safe era being robbed must be very acute and very distressing. You know who I think could do more? Let's start with Morrissons. How long has this been going on in and around their store? Where's the CCTV? Is there a Maldon Chamber of Commerce? What are they doing? I'm afraid in this day and age, policing can't all be down to the Police. Absurd, but a fact nonetheless. Hawthorne
  • Score: 1

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