Hunt for mobility scooter user after theft of handbag

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POLICE officers are hunting for a man in a mobility scooter to get more information about a handbag theft.

A CCTV image has been released, which shows a man on a scooter, following the possible theft in a supermarket in Portsmouth.

The incident took place at Tesco in Crasswell Street, Landport.

A 79-year-old woman was shopping in the store.

Police say she put down one of her shopping bags near an aisle and walked off forgetting to take it with her.

The bag contained a purse with £90 in it and has not been handed in.

The incident took place on Monday, April 22, at around 11am.

Police believe the man may hold information.

Investigating officer PC Sara White said: ‘I would like to hear from anyone who can identify the man pictured in the CCTV.

‘I believe he may be able to assist with enquiries.’

Meanwhile, Tesco said it has been assisting police with the incident.

The supermarket chain has also issued advice to customers, about what to do if they come across an item that may have been left behind by someone else.

A spokesman for Tesco said: ‘We were really sorry to hear that one of our customers had lost their bag.

‘Colleagues at the store in Crasswell Street were on hand to help, to help the woman.

‘We’ve been assisting the police with their appeal.

‘If any customers find a lost item in any one of our stores, they should hand it in to the customer service desk.

‘We will do our best to get it back to its owner.’

People who can identify the man in the CCTV image are being urged to contact the police.

Anyone with information can contact PC White at Southsea police station, call 101.

Information can also be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.