Police seek help to identify purse-pincher

Police are appealing for public assistance to identify a woman following a theft and subsequent deceptions in Chadstone over the weekend.

Investigators have been told the victim, a 74-year-old Gisborne woman, had attended a Dandenong Road shopping centre on Saturday (15 June) for a day out.

When she got back home about 2pm, she realised she’d left her purse inside a confectionary store while purchasing some chocolate.

Investigators believe the purse was picked up by a woman and used at a number of outlets, including department stores and supermarkets, to make $700 worth of purchases.

Gisborne Senior Constable Marianne Voswinkel said it appeared the theft was opportunistic and appealed for whoever took it to return it.

“The woman has a number of sentimental photos that were in her purse that can’t be replaced, which is obviously quite upsetting for her,” Senior Constable Voswinkel said.

“We’re hoping whoever picked it up will find it in their heart to hand it in to a police station so we can return it to her.”

Police have released images of a woman who they believe can assist with their enquiries.

She is perceived as Caucasian in appearance with long blonde hair, and was wearing a black top and black pants.

Anyone who recognises her or has information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

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