Local retailers and businesses are being urged to be vigilant and report suspicious activity to police following reports of distraction thefts in High Peak.
At around midday on Friday, November 6 a local resident contacted police to report two people acting suspiciously in the Morrisons supermarket on Market Street in Chapel-en-le-Frith.
The man and woman were seen to be talking to shoppers paying for items at the tills and speaking to each other via a radio.
The man was of short, stocky build with grey and white hair, wearing a black jacket and jeans whilst the woman had ginger coloured hair tied back and a black jumper with a fur collar.
Both were described as being of Eastern European ethnicity.
The incident follows a similar one in Buxton last week in which a woman was in the Aldi car park on Station Road when she was approached by a man described as Eastern European.
The man asked for directions to the nearest hospital before distracting her with a map.
The woman then noticed that an envelope containing cash and a bank card had been stolen from her handbag.
Another distraction theft incident has also been reported to police in Derby in recent weeks.
DC Claire Gyte from Buxton CID said: “I want to stress how important it is for local retailers and residents to come together alongside police to put a stop to this type of crime.
“Offenders target innocent, vulnerable people including elderly residents in a bid to steal bank cards and money.
“If anyone, be it a member of shop staff or the community, sees people acting suspiciously in shops or car parks, I would urge them to contact officers immediately on 101 to report the incident.”
To report crime anonymously, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.