Two criminals have been jailed for two years and eight months for a string of incidents where bank cards and cash were stolen in supermarket car parks.
One of the crimes was committed in Staveley, Chesterfield.
Irina Anghel, aged 37, and 42-year-old Marin-Danut Raducan, both of Preston Road, Winston Green, Birmingham, followed a 78 year-old woman to a till at Morrisons and watched her enter her pin number.
She was then followed to the Sainsbury’s store on Rother Way, Chesterfield, where the pair approached her in the car park to ask for directions.
While the pensioner was distracted, her bank cards were stolen from her handbag and later used to withdraw cash.
Anghel and Raducan admitted theft and making false representation.
Detective Inspector Mark Huckerby, of Derbyshire Police, said: “The pair had been previously unknown to police but, through joint working, the suspects were identified and brought to justice for the offences.”