A designer handbag potentially worth thousands of pounds was stolen from under the noses of staff at a Sudbury charity shop.
The RSPCA charity shop in the Borehamgate precinct in Sudbury had a Hermes handbag on display in the window by the checkout counter when it was stolen on the morning of Monday, August 4.
It was only when a disappointed customer asked if the handbag had been bought that staff realised the bag had been taken.
“I think it was planned,” said store manager Gemma McCarthy. “It was in front of the till, so all they had to do was separate someone from it.
“There was definitely more than one of them, they just have to distract the person on the till.
“Either that, or they were incredibly brave or stupid.”
Hermes bags can be worth upwards of £10,000 and, although the charity shop could not guarantee it was a genuine item, they were still selling the bag for £50.
It is not the first time the shop has been targeted.
In March, an elderly woman had her handbag stolen in the store and Mrs McCarthy said she thought thefts were a town-wide problem for shops of all types.
“It’s more disappointing when it’s a charity shop,” she said.
“People see that we haven’t paid for it but they don’t realise that the people who donated it did.
“I don’t think you can go much lower than that.”
Staff have been checking online auction sites for the bag and have reported the incident to police.
Not that they hold out much hope of finding it or of the police catching the perpetrators.
“It can be moved on so easily,” added Mrs McCarthy.
Anyone with any information on theft should call Suffolk Police on 101.