Distraction thieves hit Louth shop during busy Saturday afternoon

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A gift shop in Louth was the victim of a distraction theft on Saturday with thieves making off with around £60 from the till.

Lincolnshire Police are investigating the incident which happened at the Cobwebs shop in New Street at around 12.50pm

Police say a female beckoned one of the shop’s owners to come to the outside of the store and distracted him while an accomplice stole money from the till.

Anita Emmett, one of the shop’s co-owners, was at home at the time raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society with her daughter who is running the London Marathon.

“It’s strange, I was at home raising money while I was being robbed at the same time,” she said.

“It was my husband Michael who was in the shop at the time, and it was quite busy.

“A girl was asking questions about some of the things that we had outside the shop while the other man clicked the till open and took the money.

“The same thing did happen a couple of years ago and on that occasion it was two girls.

“It’s a shame really as we’re closing down in a week to move onto Eastgate, our lease is running out. And now this has happened.”

The woman is described as white, in her mid 20’s, approx 5ft 9”- 5ft 10” tall, with a pale complexion, slim build, and long, dark coloured hair which was straight in style. She spoke with a local accent.

The man who is thought to have access the till is described as a white male, mid 20’s, approximately 5ft 9”- 5ft 10” tall, slim build, short brown coloured hair and was wearing light coloured clothing.

Anyone with information should contact PC Darren Gray by dialling 101 and quoting incident number 161 of April 6.

The public can also report crimes anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.