Police have launched an investigation after three elderly women had their purses stolen in Eastleigh.
Three women, aged 95, 87 and 72, were targeted between 11am and 12.30am yesterday (Thursday, October 6) in Eastleigh town centre.
A 95-year-old woman was in the Shaw Trust charity shop in Market Street, when her purse was stolen from her bag, between 11am and 11.50am. The empty purse was recovered a short time later nearby.
A 72-year-old woman had been shopping in the town centre when she realised her purse had been stolen from her bag, sometime between 11am and 12pm.
The third incident happened in Iceland supermarket, between 12pm and 12.30pm, when an 87-year-old woman had her two purses stolen from inside her wheeled shopping basket.
Each of the purses stolen in these incidents contained a quantity of cash, with a total of £102 stolen.
PC Robert Thomas said: “These incidents have understandably caused great distress to the women who have been targeted.
“These all happened in the busy town centre so if you were in Eastleigh yesterday and in any of the shops mentioned, please think back, did you see anyone acting suspiciously? Did you see anyone running off?
“We would also like to take this opportunity to remind members of the public to be vigilant when walking around the town centre and to keep purses and wallets out of sight and close to your person at all times.”
Anyone with information is asked to call PC Thomas on 101, quoting 441600377563, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.