Crook pretended to be unable to read as ruse for theft

One of the men police are hunting over a theft at Aldi in Haydock
One of the men police are hunting over a theft at Aldi in Haydock
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Police in St Helens are hunting two men suspected of a brazen daylight robbery in a supermarket.

The crooks struck at an Aldi store on Liverpool Road, Haydock, on Tuesday, January 5.

Police believe this man stole the victim's purse while she was distracted by his accomplice

Police believe this man stole the victim's purse while she was distracted by his accomplice

Detectives say a woman was shopping in the store at around 3.20pm.

She was approached by a man who asked for help reading the instructions on a bottle.

As she spoke to the man, a second, older man, stole her Radley purse from her handbag.

The handbag contained a quality of cash.

Officers have examined CCTV from the store and surrounding area and would urge anyone who recognises the men pictured, or the men themselves, to get in contact as they may have information that could assist with enquiries.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact 0151 777 6813 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.