SHOPPERS have been urged to keep a close guard on their purses after another spate of thefts in Huddersfield town centre.
Thieves target shoppers who leave purses on the top of shopping bags or in unzipped pockets.
Thieves struck three times on Wednesday.
An 83-year-old Halifax woman had her purse stolen in Sainsbury's Market Street store.
A woman of 67 woman from Manchester was targeted by thieves in the Primark store on New Street.
A 58-year-old woman had her purse stolen while browsing in Queensgate Market.
A man distracted her by talking to her while two women stole her purse - containing £150 - from her pocket.
The man was of an eastern European appearance, aged 20 to 30 and tall, with dark hair. He spoke with a foreign accent and wore a light-coloured, dirty mackintosh.
The accomplices are both white.
One was aged 20 to 30, with long, blonde hair. She wore a fawn coat.
The other was thin, with brown hair tied back. She wore a red coat.
Pc Dave McSweeney, of Huddersfield police, said: "Once again, we would urge people to keep their purses at the bottom of their shopping bags - where thieves can't reach them - or in zipped-up inside pockets."