Letters to Santa from CRIMINALS – Shoplifters' steal to order Christmas 'wish lists' revealed

The wish list was recovered from the handbag of the known shoplifter in Swindon town centre after security guards attempted to stop her stealing from Debenhams.

The thief escaped and remains at large but police believe she was stealing to order in time for Christmas.

One customer, called "Colleen", wanted girls' clothes aged five to six, a men's medium grey coat and lamb chops/steaks.

Another pair of associates, known as "Tall P and Tasha", were after Gucci perfumes while "Jimmy" wanted medium and large tracksuits, men's trainers in sizes 7, 9 and 10 and aftershave.

Other items listed to be stolen included a Dyson hairdryer, an Oral B electric toothbrush, "luxury pillows" and Yankee candles.

Pc Paul Bezzant, of Wiltshire Police, said: "These lists are obviously for people who have ordered goods to be stolen.

"They feature names or nicknames of recipients along with the places where they hangout or have agreed to meet the thief.

YULE BE CAREFUL: Tips to avoid becoming a victim of crime when you are out and about during the Christmas period

  • When out shopping, keep your purse and handbag with you; don't leave it in your trolley or unattended.
  • Keep any cash you may have on you to a minimum.
  • Mobile phones and wallets in back pockets are a target – keep secure and out of sight.
  • Be careful at cash machines and when paying by card – shield your PIN at all times.
  • With more shoppers about, there are inevitably more vehicles in car parks, offering more opportunities for criminals.

Source: West Midlands News

"Our message to anyone considering stealing for themselves or others is that the consequences of receiving or handling stolen goods are serious – potentially you could go to prison.

"We are aware of this problem in Swindon and are working with our partners to stamp this out.

"This includes us engaging with licensed premises – places where people often choose to meet to exchange money for stolen goods – through the Pubwatch scheme."

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