A MUM is warning shoppers to be vigilant after her purse was snatched in a city supermarket.
Lesley Christie was picking up her weekly shop in Sainsbury’s, Silkworth, when the thief struck.
The 52-year-old, from Royal Courts, Sunderland, did not realise her leopard-print purse had disappeared until she reached the checkouts.
The purse, which was from River Island, contained £50 in cash and £50 in Sainsbury’s vouchers, as well as Lesley’s cards and driving licence.
Lesley, a secretary at Sunderland University, admits she left the handbag hanging from her trolley while she browsed the aisles.
Now she is warning other people not to make the same mistake while shopping.
She said: “I realised when I went to the checkouts and went into my bag that it wasn’t there.
“We looked on the CCTV, but because of building works in the store, some the cameras were hidden.
“Fair enough, yes you are bothered about the money, but it’s what’s in the purse.
“There were cards and my driving licence and I’ve had to pay £20 to get a new one.
“They put you through so much misery. I just want to make people aware that it is happening.”
The theft was reported to security guards in the store, but although Lesley was picked up on its CCTV cameras, they did not capture the thief in action.
A spokeswoman for Sainsbury’s said: “Incidents such as this are rare in the Sunderland store. However, we continue to have security guards on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in addition to CCTV monitoring.
“We always co-operate and work with the local police to ensure that thieves are deterred.”