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Tesco thieves pounce on former Camborne Town Council chairman

By WBJLock  |  Posted: February 27, 2014

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A PENSIONER has been left shaken after her handbag was stolen containing her bank cards and photographs of her late husband.

Former chairman of Camborne Town Council Barbara Godolphin, 75, said she was devastated after the thieves made off with some of the photographs of her husband Sid.

The thieves struck as she shopped in the town’s Tesco supermarket at about 2.30pm on Friday, dashed to an ATM at Santander in Redruth and withdrew £300 from her bank account.

The great grandmother who has been waking up “in a cold sweat” said she “foolishly” kept her bank details in her handbag.

She added: “My handbag was placed on my trolley and I had bent down to pick an item off the shelves in the supermarket.

“I use the trolley to stabilise myself but when I went to put the item into the trolley with the rest of the shopping, my handbag was gone.”

She told security staff at Tesco and her son-in-law called the police.

“I couldn’t believe it. It must have happened so fast. Perhaps they were following me,” she added.

“They must have had a car ready because they made it over to Redruth by 3pm and had withdrawn the limit they could from my bank account.

“But they also have photographs of my late husband. It is deeply upsetting.”

The supermarket’s CCTV did not pick up the culprits.

Police in Camborne are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

PC Martyn Horton from Camborne said: “To date police have no suspects but are keen to hear from anyone who might have any information.

“The incident took place between 2.30pm and 2.45pm and the card was used only a short while later.

“The victim, an ex-chairman of the local council, is very shaken up by the whole event.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Camborne police station by dialling 101.

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  • Truro_England  |  February 28 2014, 9:31AM

    @josdave your 100% correct about the lowlifes. I'm in my 30's now but in my youth got into trouble and hanged around with other criminals, the only people criminals fear are other criminals. Criminals know the chance of the police catching them are slim, going to court slim, getting a sentence slim and when given a fine it comes out of their benefits which amounts to like £1 a week over 12/24 months. Unfortunately until any government in charge gets a backbone and give less power to the PC lefties, crime will continue to rise and also go unreported because the public will continue to just give up.

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  • twofeetofsnow  |  February 27 2014, 9:49PM

    I hope the cashpoint in Redruth has a camera that has a clear photograph of these thieves, Tesco obviously need to get their coverage sorted out and train their security staff to keep their eyes open. I hope Mrs Godolphin gets her pictures back and the police manage to find the scum who took the bag.

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  • josdave  |  February 27 2014, 3:45PM

    What is wrong with the owners of this site that they allow rubbish like this to be posted on anywhere? It's no good just giving it red arrows it should be taken off. As for the article these lowlifes need a taste of the birch and what a pity we live in such a PC ruled world that they will only get a slap on the wrist if caught.

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