Kent Police warn shoppers following reported sneaky distraction thefts in Tunbridge Wells and Paddock Wood

Contributed by editor on Dec 02, 2019 - 09:45 AM


Shoppers are warned to be vigilant following reported distraction thefts in Tunbridge Wells and Paddock Wood car parks


On 23 November 2019, a woman knocked on the window of a stationary vehicle in a supermarket car park in Linden Park Road, and asked the occupants to sign a fundraising petition.

As the suspect leaned into the car with a clipboard it is alleged she stole a purse.

On the same day, two further thefts were reported by motorists at a supermarket car park in Church Road, Paddock Wood, after a woman with a clipboard asked for charitable donations while leaning into their cars.

The suspect is described as being white, around 25 years old, of slim build, with brown hair and a foreign accent, possibly eastern European. She was wearing blue jeans and a white anorak.

Anyone with information that may help the investigation should call the Kent Police on 01622 604 100, quoting crime reference 46/226905/19.

Alternatively call the independent charity Crimestoppers in Kent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or complete the online form at

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