The first incident took place between 11am and 11.30am when the purse of a 79-year-old woman was taken from her handbag, without her knowledge, in High Street, St Neots. The purse contained about £630 cash as well as numerous debit and credit cards. Between 12pm and 12.15pm thieves took another purse from the handbag of a 76-year-old woman, also in High Street. The purse contained about £160 cash and credit and debit cards which were immediately used to withdraw a further £1,100 in cash. PC Carl Harris said: We would like to reassure people that extra patrols are being carried out across the town and stores are being made aware of these two incidents. I would ask that people out shopping this Christmas remain vigilant. Consider using a handbag with a strap over the shoulder and ensure your purse or wallet is in a zipped up bag or inside coat pocket. Anyone with information about the thefts should call police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.