Callous con artists preyed on shopper in blue badge spot

Callous con artists preyed on shopper in blue badge spot

Callous con artists preyed on shopper in blue badge spot

First published in News

A shopper who was tricked by callous con-artists fears they may be targeting disabled parking bays.

Lilian Butcher, who has a condition which makes walking difficult, was loading shopping in her Toyota Rav 4, which was parked in a disabled bay in Tesco Highwoods car park, when she was approached by a man on Tuesday morning.

He distracted her by saying she had a nail in her tyre, and an accomplice rifled through her bag, stole her purse and later used the bank card to withdraw a three figure sum of cash.

Mrs Butcher, 65, said: “I just think these devils, how can they do this, how can they do this to somebody, it is just awful.

“I suspect they must have been watching me.

“I wonder if they target blue badge areas, if anybody susses them they are not going to be able to run after them, but it might not be that."

Her late mother had given her the black leather purse, with multiple compartments, as a present and Mrs Butcher said it is of high sentimental value to her.

An Essex Police spokesman said: “The man who carried it out is described as of Eastern European appearance, spoke with a foreign accent, was in his early 20s and wore a waist length black jacket.”

There is no description of the accomplice.

Anyone with information or who has found the purse is asked to call investigating officers at Colchester Police Station on 101.

See today's paper for the full story. 

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6:38pm Thu 13 Feb 14

crazy comments says...

Eastern Europeans again ? Not surprised.
Eastern Europeans again ? Not surprised. crazy comments
  • Score: 16

8:32pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Mr Honest says...

Most Eastern Europeans are here to commit to crime. Well done Cameron for letting them in. ****. I am however confused how they stole money on her card. How did they know her pin?
Most Eastern Europeans are here to commit to crime. Well done Cameron for letting them in. ****. I am however confused how they stole money on her card. How did they know her pin? Mr Honest
  • Score: 7

10:11pm Thu 13 Feb 14

stevedawson says...

Now now naughty naughty dont lets get like me.racist.vote ukip.
Now now naughty naughty dont lets get like me.racist.vote ukip. stevedawson
  • Score: 0

10:45pm Thu 13 Feb 14

jackhedley says...

What on earth is East European appearance? What racist rubbish.
What on earth is East European appearance? What racist rubbish. jackhedley
  • Score: -8

10:57pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

This is not likely to be linked to attacking blue badge holders, more an opportunist targeting women on their own. And for him to use her card to take cash from her bank account she must have either given him her PIN number or she was foolish enough to have it written down?
This is not likely to be linked to attacking blue badge holders, more an opportunist targeting women on their own. And for him to use her card to take cash from her bank account she must have either given him her PIN number or she was foolish enough to have it written down? Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 6

11:21pm Thu 13 Feb 14

wormshero says...

Mr Honest wrote:
Most Eastern Europeans are here to commit to crime. Well done Cameron for letting them in. ****. I am however confused how they stole money on her card. How did they know her pin?
You got some statistics to back up your wildly inaccurate claim?

True about the second part though, perhaps her pin was written down.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Honest[/bold] wrote: Most Eastern Europeans are here to commit to crime. Well done Cameron for letting them in. ****. I am however confused how they stole money on her card. How did they know her pin?[/p][/quote]You got some statistics to back up your wildly inaccurate claim? True about the second part though, perhaps her pin was written down. wormshero
  • Score: -3

2:51am Fri 14 Feb 14

Boris says...

Say It As It Is OK? wrote:
This is not likely to be linked to attacking blue badge holders, more an opportunist targeting women on their own. And for him to use her card to take cash from her bank account she must have either given him her PIN number or she was foolish enough to have it written down?
They stole her purse and she probably had the PIN in it, written down on a bit of paper. If that is the case then she was asking for trouble.
[quote][p][bold]Say It As It Is OK?[/bold] wrote: This is not likely to be linked to attacking blue badge holders, more an opportunist targeting women on their own. And for him to use her card to take cash from her bank account she must have either given him her PIN number or she was foolish enough to have it written down?[/p][/quote]They stole her purse and she probably had the PIN in it, written down on a bit of paper. If that is the case then she was asking for trouble. Boris
  • Score: 1

8:42am Fri 14 Feb 14

UndergroundOverground says...

Mr Honest wrote:
Most Eastern Europeans are here to commit to crime. Well done Cameron for letting them in. ****. I am however confused how they stole money on her card. How did they know her pin?
You sir are an idiot!
[quote][p][bold]Mr Honest[/bold] wrote: Most Eastern Europeans are here to commit to crime. Well done Cameron for letting them in. ****. I am however confused how they stole money on her card. How did they know her pin?[/p][/quote]You sir are an idiot! UndergroundOverground
  • Score: 2

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