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Kings Heath cash point PIN scam: do you recognise these people?

Published: 30th January 2012 21:06

Alcester Rd South theft Police CCTV images
CCTV from Nationwide Building Society Kings Heath BirminghamPolice have stepped up their hunt for two people who stole a Kings Heath pensioner's purse and then used the elderly lady's card to steal money from a cash point.

Detectives have released CCTV images of two people they would like to speak to about the theft in the town centre on 28 December.

The offence took place at around 11.00am, where CCTV pictures show the 76 year old woman withdrawing money from a cash machine inside the Nationwide Building society on Alcester Road South.

The footage shows a man and woman who appear to watch the victim enter her PIN number and withdraw money, before following her to the Barnardo's charity shop further up the high street. It is here that the two offenders have engaged the woman in conversation in an effort to distract her, before stealing her purse.

CCTV image from Nationwide Building Society Kings Heath BirminghamNot long afterwards, the lady's card was used to withdraw money from her bank account via a cash point at Billesley Post Office on the Yardley Wood Road.

Anyone who thinks they may recognise either of the people in the images is asked to contact PC William Clough at Bournville police station by calling the new police non-emergency phone number 101.

"It is clear that the couple have deliberately targeted a vulnerable lone woman who is now, quite understandably, still shaken and upset," said PC Clough.

"We are desperate to locate these offenders before they have the chance to put anyone else through a similar ordeal."

He also offered advice to anyone using a cashpoint: "Always keep your PIN hidden from view, and if you do think anyone is watching you then cancel the transaction and remove your card. Likewise, if you are approached by strangers please be cautious and if you do feel vulnerable attract the attention of shop staff or other members of the public."



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