Appeal for witnesses following theft from an elderly woman in Macclesfield Date published: 10th April 2017 8.25am

Officers are urging witnesses to come forward after a thief stole from an elderly woman at a shop in Macclesfield.

At 3pm on Friday, 24 March the 86-year-old victim was in B&M Bargains on Exchange Street when a woman followed her into the store.

As the victim had her back turned while browsing around the store the offender takes the handbag containing her purse and cash inside from her walking frame.

The offender then placed her own shopping basket down and left the store.

Officers have released CCTV images of a woman they would like to speak to in connection with the theft.

The woman is described as being of Eastern European with a slim build, in her early thirties and with dark shoulder length hair.

Constable Neil Cook, of Macclesfield Local Policing Unit, said: “This was a targeted theft on a vulnerable elderly lady who has been left extremely shaken and upset.

“I want to encourage the public to come forward with any information they might have to identify the person responsible and help prevent anyone else becoming a victim of this crime.

Anyone who recognises the woman or has any information which could help officers identify the offender is asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident 660 of 24 March.

Information can also be passed on anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.