Worker’s purse stolen from Kettering care home

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This CCTV image has been released by police in a bid to trace a woman officers would like to speak to in connection with the theft of a purse.

A care worker at an old people’s home in Kettering had her entire bank account emptied by thieves who had earlier stolen her purse and credit cards.

The purse was stolen by a man who tricked his way into the building by pretending to be a delivery driver.

Once inside the home, he made his way into the building’s laundry, found the woman’s purse, took it and fled.

Minutes later, the Visa card from the purse was used at the Santander bank in High Street, Kettering.

A dark-haired woman used the card to clear out the account of the £590 it contained.

Northamptonshire Police investigator, Bob Tillyer, said he hoped that CCTV images released by the force would now help identify the woman.

He said: “This was a heartless crime which saw somebody’s entire savings stolen. The money was also taken from the bank very quickly after the theft, so these people were clearly in no doubt about what they were planning to do.

“They went straight out of the care home to the bank to get the money out as quickly as possible.

The man stole the purse from the care home at about noon on Wednesday, February 12. His female accomplice then stole the money from the bank at 12.36pm the same day.

Anyone who recognises the woman in the CCTV images, or who knows anything about this theft, can call the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.