CCTV appeal following distraction theft in Boscombe

Alert message sent 25/09/2020 10:49:00

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Officers investigating a distraction theft in Boscombe are issuing an image of a woman they would like to speak to.

 At around 11am on Thursday 3 September the victim – a woman aged in her 60s who uses a wheelchair – was outside the entrance to the Sovereign Centre in Palmerston Road, by the walkway known as Penny Lane, when she was approached by a woman coming out of the shopping centre.

 The woman offered to sell the victim a bracelet, then said it was a gift and wrapped it on top of a bracelet the victim was already wearing on her wrist. She then asked for £2 for the bus and the victim gave her £5 before the woman walked off in the direction of Aldi on Palmerston Road.

 The victim then took off the bracelet the woman had given her and realised her own bracelet, which was an 18-carat gold bracelet with two small catches, had gone.

 Sergeant Steve Boston, of Dorset Police, said: “We are making enquiries into this distraction theft and have obtained a CCTV image of a woman we would like to speak to as part of our investigation.

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“I would urge anyone with information as to her identity to please get in touch.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at, via email or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55200132267. Alternatively, to stay 100 per cent anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at or call Freephone 0800 555 111.
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Julie Heath (Dorset Police, Neighbourhood Alert Officer, Dorset)

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