A thieving gang is using distraction techniques to steal from shoppers in Aylesbury - and so far they have struck five times.
In September, October and November the crooks distracted shoppers and stole credit cards or purses from their handbags in the town.
Distraction ploys included talking about a missing dog, needing directions and discussing women’s clothing sizes.
The thefts happened:
Between about 11am and 11.30am on Tuesday 3 November in Cambridge Close Retail Park, Cambridge Close.
At about 11am on Thursday 15 October in Morrisons car park, Station Way.
Between about 11.30am and 1.40am on Friday 18 September in Poundland, High Street.
At about 11am on Monday 7 September in Poundland, High Street.
At about 10am on Wednesday 2 September in Marks and Spencer, High Street.
One victim described an offender as a white male with dark hair and wearing a dark coat.
Another described an Eastern European man, about 6ft and of medium build with dark hair. He was wearing beige of brown three-quarter-length coat.
PCSO Malwina Sikora, based at Aylesbury police station, said: “I would be interested to hear from anyone who knows or recognises the people in these images.
“We believe they are working as a group to commit thefts in the area.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to remind people of simple steps they can take to reduce the risk of being affected by such a crime.
“I’d ask people to try to keep their handbag close to them and ensure it is zipped and closed if possible. Never leave it unattended.”
Anyone with information can contact PCSO Sikora via the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101.
If you don’t want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.