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On 22 Nov 2013 at 7:13pm Peter Pan wrote:
My Wife had her handbag stolen in Aldi this afternoon at about 4.10. The staff where very helpful and Police were called also the Banks and the Building society cards where cancelled within a 1/4 of a hour ,but to late 1000 from 3 cards by 4.20 plus about 60 in cash , must beat working for a living
On 22 Nov 2013 at 8:21pm Lack of Border Control wrote:
Wait for January when the Roma gypos get here. Won't take then a quarter of an hour :-)
On 22 Nov 2013 at 8:27pm Border Control wrote:
You will all be surprised at the level of shop pilfering in Lewes. Plus it's always the ones you'd least suspect !
On 22 Nov 2013 at 8:52pm my towm wrote:
well said L B CONROL . Not looking forward to them coming here .
On 22 Nov 2013 at 8:59pm lewes resident wrote:
don't want them here, the government must listen to the majority of voters who are against them coming to the UK
On 22 Nov 2013 at 9:36pm Charles Bronson wrote:
The last three occasions I have been in Aldi there has been incidences of bag theft all within about 3 weeks.
Its hardly the rich that shop in Aldi is it? I thought Lewes to be a quite town and relatively safe maybe its time to re-evaluate. Are customers to go into Aldi armed?
On 22 Nov 2013 at 10:26pm Border Collie wrote:
I'm surprised that any business can survive with shoplifting rates and business rates.
On 22 Nov 2013 at 10:34pm Grandpa wrote:
These thefts would be far less likely to happen if women wore a shoulder bag, zip or flap closed. Time and again I have seen women leave their handbags, often with the zips open, revealing their purses, in the supermarket trolley while they turn for some time to examine something on the shelves. If you point this out to them you often have the feeling that they resent it, yet this is, in my opinion, how they make things easy for the thieves. I have seen the same thing in church, though one hopes the person in the pew behind might be less likely to take advantage of this.
On 22 Nov 2013 at 11:16pm Laydee Shopper wrote:
I never have my flaps open in public!!!
On 23 Nov 2013 at 12:28am Rid the town of crime wrote:
The Rev Flowers, late of the Co-op bank, is a good old fashioned British Christian. So presumably the xenophobic racists posting here will support a campaign to get all the British people out of Lewes, along with all the Christians.
On 23 Nov 2013 at 6:23am Oh Really wrote:
Enter mug commie right on cue
On 23 Nov 2013 at 8:22am Ted Crilley wrote:
"Enter mug commie right on cue"
Daily Mail forums not open at 6.23am then?
On 23 Nov 2013 at 8:27am Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
The safest way to carry a handbag is across the body, ie long strap diagonally across.
It also makes shopping easier as it leaves both your hands free.
On 23 Nov 2013 at 8:49am Sceptic wrote:
How can 1000 be drawn out on the three cards without a PIN number?
On 23 Nov 2013 at 9:35am babyblue wrote:
Who said 1000 was taken out in cash?? Can only assume that pin numbers were found in the handbag or purse - so many people do this - such a pity
On 23 Nov 2013 at 8:32pm shopkeeper wrote:
Very upsetting but technically not shoplifting , just as retailers have to guard against theft so do customers these days sadly .
On 23 Nov 2013 at 8:33pm gaynor gould wrote:
"such a pity!" - total stupidity in my opinion - muppet!
On 25 Nov 2013 at 11:52am Shop owner wrote:
A while back I found an item of clothing in my shop hidden away behind some packaging etc and the hanger for it the other side of the shop. I'd either disturbed them in the act of=r they were stashing it to come back later. I know exactly who it was and shall now be following them round the shop like a hawk, should they dare to return!
On 25 Nov 2013 at 2:05pm belladonna wrote:
Peter Pan - your shouldn't incur any losses - the banks should reimburse any spending and cash withdrawn by the thieves post the time of the theft. You shouldn't be liable especially as you reported it in good time and should have a crime number.

I would think the police have a good chance of finding the thieves as well - spending 1000 on three cards in 10 minutes - they must have been shopping locally with possible cctv footage from shops, or shop assistants remembering any large purchases about that time?

IME banks are pretty good about this - I was the subject of card fraud - I wasn't even aware of it until my bank (first direct) rang up querying my spending - turns out my card had been cloned and someone was making cash withdrawals and purchases across the country, totalling about 3000. All that was reimbursed to my account, a stop put on the card and new cards sent to me the next day. Banks do track the type of spending you make, so unusual amounts in different locations seem to spark automatic alerts.

If your bank do not reimburse you for the thefts, I would go to a consumer advice service to help you pursue your claim. Good Luck
On 25 Nov 2013 at 7:24pm Peter Pan wrote:
Belladonna , Thanks for your concern. Everybody has been very helpful and supportive the Banks have given us a total refund on the stolen cards ,the Police also phoned today to check that my Wife is O.K. , my Wife had a diary in her Handbag which contained about 80 phone numbers the card numbers were incorporated in the 4 middle numbers of those , and not with the cards in her purse
On 25 Nov 2013 at 9:46pm Deelite 2 wrote:
Am I alone in changing the pin numbers on all my cards to a single number I can remember?

I was chatting to your wife in North Court just before she was robbed. Please relay my sympathies.

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