THIEVES in Dumfries are targeting women by pretending to ask for directions.
In two separate incidents on Sunday, women were approached and robbed in supermarket car parks.
In both cases the suspects are described as being Eastern European.
In the first incident, which occurred around 3.30pm, a woman was approached as she loaded her shopping into her blue Peugeot estate car in the Tesco car park at Cuckoo Bridge.
After the man moved away she discovered her beige handbag had been stolen from her car.
The bag contained a mobile phone, about £130 in cash, a purse and a bank card.
The man asking for directions is described as being of East European origin, in his late 20s, medium build with short dark hair. He had stubble on his face and was wearing a black waterproof jacket.
The second incident took place just 15 minutes later in the Morrison’s car park in Brooms Road.
The woman was approached as she stood next to her maroon Renault Clio.
After the man left she discovered that her purse had been stolen from her handbag which had been in the car.
The man asking for directions this time was described as being of white European origin, possible Polish, and was about 40 years old. He was well built and about 5’ 8” tall. He was wearing a light grey or blue woolly hat, a lightweight dark coloured jacket and was constantly talking on his mobile phone.
Police believe the men are distracting their victims while an accomplice sneaks into their vehicle.
They are keen to hear from anyone who may have been in these car parks and saw anything, or have been approached in a similar manner by anyone.