Purse stolen from car at East Devon beauty spot - reward offered

PUBLISHED: 10:35 05 October 2018 | UPDATED: 10:44 05 October 2018

Sue's car was parked in Woodbury Common when the theft took place. Picture: Sue Babb.

Sue's car was parked in Woodbury Common when the theft took place. Picture: Sue Babb.

Sue Babb

A reward has been offered for the return of a purse stolen from a car parked at popular spot for walkers in East Devon.

The purse contained a 'substantial amount' of cash and an eternity ring.The purse contained a 'substantial amount' of cash and an eternity ring.

A purse containing a ‘substantial amount’ of cash and a family heirloom have been stolen from a car parked at an East Devon beauty spot.

The theft took place on Wednesday, September 26, after Sue Babb, from Exmouth, parked her car in Four Firs Car Park in Woodbury Common.

She left her car to take her dog for a walk on the common at around 10am, when she returned to her car at 10.50am her front passenger window had been broken and her purse stolen.

“I saw glass everywhere and my front passenger window was smashed and my purse, which I thought was safely hidden under the seat, had been stolen,” said Sue.

“I was devastated as, not only did it contain a substantial amount of cash, but also my mother’s broken eternity ring which I was taking to the jewellers for repair. The latter is, of course, extremely sentimental and irreplaceable.

“I am happy to offer a small reward for the return of the purse, with any contents if possible, I will increase the reward if the ring is also returned.”

The Journal contacted the Devon and Cornwall Police about the incident, a police spokesman shared five tips to prevent similar incidents.

1. Lock your vehicles at all times

2. Close windows and doors

3. Remove all valuables: sat nav and cradle, tools, iPod, mobile phones and money

4. Park your vehicle in a safe and well-lit area. Use secure car parks

5. Property mark possessions - www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/advice/your-personal-possessions/property-marking.

If you have information on the incident or know the whereabouts of Sue’s purse please contact her on 07810167470 or contact the police by calling 101 or email 101@dc.police.uk.

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