A DRIVER has warned other motorists to take care after a thief broke into her car and stole her handbag.
Carer Jane Purvis was working in Marine Approach, South Shields, when her car window was smashed by a thief at 11.45am on Tuesday.
She had left her bag in the footwell of her Mini Cooper.
Mrs Purvis, from the Scotch Estate, Jarrow, said: “I am really shaken up about this. Inside my bag was my address, National Insurance number, date of birth, pictures and lots of personal items.
“They probably only did it for money, and for the mere £5 that was actually in there, they now know everything about me. I’ve not been able to sleep.
“I guess my bag has probably been just thrown into a bush or ditched by the beach. They wouldn’t be interested in that.”
Mrs Purvis has also had to take two days off work while her car is fixed, and it has cost almost £100 to replace the window.
She said: “I just can’t believe the cheek that in broad daylight someone could do this. It’s a lovely street.
“I want other people to realise this is happening and to make sure they put their things out of sight.
“I normally put my bag in the boot, but this time I didn’t and it’s cost me.
“I really hope he’s caught.”
Police are appealing for anyone with information to get in touch.
A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: “We are investigating a theft of a handbag from a car parked on Marine Approach, South Shields.
“The theft happened at 11.45am, on Tuesday, January 7, when the window was smashed on the car and the handbag stolen from the footwell.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 372 070113, or the indepedent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.