Police are investigating a theft after a mum’s shopping was stolen from outside an Exmouth supermarket when she was distracted by her daughter.
The items were swiped in the car park at Lidl, in Dinan Way, at around 3.30pm on Monday (March 16).
They were taken as the victim was putting her little girl in her car as the youngster had just run off.
The mum took to social media to highlight the incident. She posted on the Exmouth Community UK Facebook page on Monday: “I would just like to say thanks to the person in Exmouth who stole/took all my shopping from outside Lidl today.
“I am a working mum, working part-time and my husband is self-employed.
“Soon both of us could have no work and no income.
“My daughter ran off in the car park and I went to grab her and put her in the car. Got distracted and left my shopping. Just went back to get it, not there, not handed in, someone’s just taken it home.
“Feeling foolish for not remembering to put it all in. But a shame it all had to be taken so quickly!”
The mum added that kind offers of help she has received following the incident have ‘restored her faith in human nature’ and issued a ‘huge thank you’.
“We are absolutely fine and shopping can be replaced,” she added.
“The matter has now been passed onto the police so hopefully they [the culprit]will be thoroughly ashamed of themselves!”
A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said officers are investigating a report of theft ‘where shopping, which had been left unattended, was taken’.
They added that enquiries were ongoing and asked anyone with information to call 101, or email email@example.com, quoting crime reference number CR/023212/20.