Image released of man connected to Pershore distraction theft - The Evesham Observer

Image released of man connected to Pershore distraction theft

Evesham Editorial 27th Jan, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016   0

AN IMAGE has been released of a man police would like to speak to in connection with a distraction theft in Pershore.

A woman in her seventies was approached by two unknown men while she was using the Barclay’s cash machine on Bridge Street between 1pm and 2pm on Friday, November 13.

One of the men distracted the victim by telling her she had dropped something. While bending down to look, she then noticed a second man move quickly to the cash machine.

It was only when the 78-year-old went to use her card shortly later and the pin code was not accepted, that she realised the card she had removed from the cash machine wasn’t hers. It is thought the card was swapped while she was distracted.

The fraudsters later used the original card in Redditch to withdraw cash from the her account, but the money was later recovered.

Investigating officer PC Damien Fitzmaurice said: “I am keen to speak to the man in the image as he may have key information that could help our investigation.

“I would encourage people to remain vigilant when using cash machines.

“If you have elderly relatives, friends or neighbours please advise them to be cautious when withdrawing cash.”

Anyone who may have been information on the distraction theft are urged to call police on 101, quoting incident number 450s of Friday 13 November.

Alternatively, information can also be given anonymously Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their website.

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