AN appeal has been made after a suspect swiped a woman's handbag from her car when she went to get a trolley to go shopping.

It happened at the Aldi in Topcliffe Road, Thirsk, at about 1.30pm on Saturday.

North Yorkshire Police said a man targeted a vehicle belonging to a woman in her seventies. 

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As she went to return her trolley, the suspect stole her handbag from inside the vehicle. 

The suspect is described as a white male, in his late 40s, 6ft 2, with a "wide build".

He was dressed in black clothing and was also wearing a baseball cap.

He may have also had a second male working with him.

The handbag is described as a brown leather handbag and contained a black purse, that had approximately £60 in cash.

The handbag also had several sentimental items belonging to the victim including rosary beads and photographs. 

A police spokesperson said: "We are requesting the public’s assistance to help establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident. 

"In particular, we are keen to speak to anyone who was parked in the car park at the time with dashcam footage."

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should contact the police on 101, select option 2, and ask for Charlotte Lancaster.

Members of the public can also email charlotte. lancaster2@northyorkshire.police.uk 

To remain anonymous, pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, using the North Yorkshire Police reference number 12210245549.

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