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“They must have had a car ready because they made it over to Redruth by 3pm and had withdrawn the limit they could from my bank account.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