Women enjoying a night out in Doncaster town centre are being urged to take more care of their handbags after Easter was ruined for some by opportunist thieves.
A bag and its contents can sometimes add up to as much as £1,000 these days, police have pointed out.
The latest theft occurred in the Staff of Life pub on Princegate on Tuesday evening between 8pm and 11pm.
The owner had left her bag on a table - and later discovered someone had rummaged through it and walked away with her £250 mobile phone.
And on Sunday night, between 10pm and 11.30pm, a thief stole a bag containing a £500 mobile phone from a woman at Louis’ bar in Priory Walk.
Supt Eddie Murphy, of Doncaster police, said: “These days we find that the majority of women have handbags and contents worth in excess of £1,000, when you take into account a designer label bag and items such as an iPhone.
“Yet they will happily leave them unattended on a table or on the floor while enjoying themselves.”
A sneak thief has also made an unknown amount of easy cash by targeting charity donations.
Police are seeking a young woman in connection with charity box thefts from premises in Bawtry over Easter. They took place at the Tasting Note off-licence and the Crown Hotel reception on Market Hill last Saturday afternoon.
A white woman aged 20 to 25, slim, with brown shoulder-length hair, was seen to put the boxes in her bag and leave the premises.