Herts Police have released CCTV images of women they would like to speak to as part of an investigation into a spate of thefts in Hemel Hempstead and St Albans.
A number of thefts have been linked in the two areas. Between 2pm and 4pm on Friday, December 13 at a pub in Fishery Road, Hemel, a woman in her 50s had cash, a driving licence and a bank card stolen from her handbag.
Between 3.15pm and 3.45pm on the same day at the same pub a woman in her 60s had money stolen from her purse, which was in a handbag next to where she was seated. Then at around 3.30pm on the same day at a café in Bridge Street, Hemel, a woman in her 60s had her purse stolen. It contained cash and a bank card.
Between 11.45am and 1.10pm on Friday, January 24 at a restaurant in Victoria Street, St Albans, a woman in her 40s had her handbag on the floor. The offender(s) went into the bag and stole bank cards and a driving licence.
Between 12.15pm and 1pm on the same day at a restaurant in Redbourn Road, St Albans, a woman had her bank card stolen from her purse and then between 1pm and 1.30pm at a garden centre in Leighton Buzzard Road, Piccotts End, a woman in her 70s had her handbag, which contained bank cards, stolen.
Finally between 9am on Monday, January 27 and 3.45pm on Tuesday, January 28, a woman in her 50s had her driving licence and bank cards stolen from her handbag.
Safer Neighbourhood Team PC Matt Cann said: “We would like to speak to the women pictured as they may have information that could assist our investigation into these thefts.
“These thefts have targeted vulnerable people so anyone who recognises these women, or if they recognise themselves, contact me straight away.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Cann via Hertfordshire Constabulary’s non-emergency number 101, citing crime reference D1/14/502. Alternatively call Crimestoppers, the independent charity, anonymously on 0800 555 111.