Police warning after spate of distraction thefts in Rochdale

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After we reported on a series of distraction thefts in Oldham over the last week, Police are now warning of similar incidents taking place in Rochdale.

On Tuesday 3rd October, there were reports of two separate incidents at around 11am on the Co-op Food Store car park and outside the Arc Nursery in Littleborough and Smallbridge.

On both occasions elderly people were targeted using a map reading scam.

Police have described the two men they want to talk to as Asian, aged between late 30s and early 40s and dressed in suits.

They appeared to be ‘very well presented’.

According to officers in Rochdale, via their Facebook page, the two men approached elderly people, asking them to give directions to a location, whilst producing a map of the area.

The males then opened the large map across the handles of the ladies walking frame, before asking for directions and stealing their purses which are usually store under the seat on the walking frames.

Anyone who may have witnessed this or has information which can help officers are being urged to contact them on 101.


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