Friday, February 15, 2013

Police baffled by mystery shopping bags left on doorsteps

Police are trying to unravel a mystery after bags of shopping were left on the doorsteps of three homes in different parts of Suffolk. Officers have been scratching their heads since bags of household items turned up outside random addresses in Leiston, Aldeburgh and Friston.

There are few clues to indicate whether the items were intended as an unusual gift or abandoned by a forgetful shopper, but police say the goods appear to have been paid for. Three bags of shopping were found outside a property in Friston last Friday. The items included opened jars of Waitrose coffee, four bags of pasta, two packs of porridge oats and a jar of Waitrose jam.

A number of “salad items” have since been disposed of, but the rest of the groceries are now being held at Leiston police station until the owner comes forward. On Monday, police received a call from a member of the public saying two bags of groceries, including two packs of cornflakes, had been left outside an address in Aldeburgh. This time it was not clear where the items had been bought.

Then, on Tuesday morning, a Leiston man told police he had found a bag containing face cream and lettuce outside his home. A spokeswoman from Suffolk police said no receipts were found among any of the groceries. She added: “There is nothing to suggest anything malicious but there appears to be no connection between the three addresses.” Police are asking anyone with information that might help solve the mystery to contact them.


Ratz said...

The godbotherers in Portstewart used to come round and give students loaves of bread and canned food. I didn't mind this in the least, but my Japanese flatmate (whose English was as bad as my Japanese) was ready to kill them.. He didn't understand why they were these and this co-coincided with a spate of poisonings in Japan where people were tainting bread and offering it as gifts to people.

arbroath said...

I'd be okay with unopened foods, but anything that had or could be opened I'd be wary of.

When I bought this house the previous owner had forgotten to empty a kitchen cupboard that was absolutely filled with booze.

All the bottles had been opened, so they were all emptied down the sink.

Anonymous said...

What a sad statement on our society that charitable gifts have become objects of suspicion and paranoia. Very sad. I think I need a drink, now.