An elderly couple who have shopped at the same supermarket for more than 30 years were devastated when thieves stole their grandchildren’s Christmas presents from their car boot as they shopped.
Maureen and John Eastham, both 64, from Longridge, had spent the day Christmas shopping at Deepdale Retail Park to buy presents for all their family.
On their way home, they stopped off at Asda in Fulwood to pick up some food.
But disaster struck while they were inside the store, as thieves got into their locked Ford Mondeo and stole presents they had bought from Toys R Us.
Police approached Asda and asked if they could do anything to help the couple.
Asda store manager Yenna Levack-Venn gave them a £300 voucher.
She said: “We didn’t hesitate in offering our help.
“It’s all about goodwill at this time of year.
“We heard the couple had shopped with us for a very long time and that their grandchildren’s presents had been stolen.
“We wanted to take the opportunity to make their Christmas a lot better for them, given what happened.
“Mr and Mrs Eastham were obviously distressed about the incident and we wanted to make sure this didn’t spoil their Christmas, by offering them the value of the goods.”
Sgt Mike Sampson, of Fulwood Police, said: “We’d like to say a big thank you to Asda.
“This is a prime time for buying presents, and it’s important to reiterate to shoppers to remain vigilant when leaving valuables in their car.”
The incident happened around 10pm on Monday, December 16, when several customers’ cars were still on the car park.
Police are appealing to anyone who might have seen someone acting suspiciously or who might have any information about the incident to call the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.