Distraction Theft In Gillingham â€“ CCTV Appeal
March 23, 2016, 6:01 pm
Officers in Gillingham have released CCTV images of a suspect following a distraction theft in the town and are warning the public to remain vigilant.
A woman in her 60s was targeted by two men in the car park at Waitrose, Chantry Fields. The incident occurred at around 11.55am on Wednesday 16 March 2016.
The victim was shopping in the store when one of the offenders observed the woman type her PIN number at the checkouts.
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He followed her outside, where a second man distracted her by asking for directions to Birmingham as she loaded her car.
While she looked at his road map, the first offender took a debit card from her car.
The card was then used at a nearby cashpoint where a large quantity of cash was taken. The same card was then used later in the day at a cash machine in Bristol.
There have been three similar incidents since January 2016 in the North Dorset area where elderly female shoppers have been targeted by a group of offenders.
Police Constable Matt Weldon, of Gillingham police, said: â€œI am appealing to the public to help identify the suspect from the CCTV images.
â€œAnyone who may have witnessed the incident or any similar suspicious distraction theft attempts should contact police.
â€œI would also urge the public to remain vigilant and always ensure you keep your PIN number hidden when paying for something or using a cash machine.â€
Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 55160045642. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.
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Source: Dorset Police