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Attempted distraction theft from Kidderminster pensioner
8:55am Tuesday 20th August 2013 in News
AN ELDERLY woman from Kidderminster foiled an attempt to steal her credit card when a would-be thief tried to distract her while asking for change.
Police want to talk to any witnesses and are warning other people to be on their guard against similar approaches from the offender, a man who spoke with an Eastern European accent.
The man was sitting on a seat by the bus stop in Oxford Street at 1pm on Friday, August 16, when he started talking in broken English to a woman in her 80s, then produced a £10 note and asked her to change it, indicating he needed a £5 note.
He was persistent despite her taking cash out of her wallet and finding no £5 notes.
The man was then interrupted by a passer-by who told him to leave the woman alone, at which point the pensioner realised he was holding one of her credit cards after somehow taking it from her purse.
She grabbed her card back and walked off, leaving him still sitting there.
He was described as white, aged between 20 and 30, under 6ft tall and with a broad build. He had very short black hair and wore a cream and grey hooded top, dark trousers and trainers.
PC Niki Deakin said: “Nothing was stolen during the incident but it’s typical for distraction thieves to prey on elderly people and he may have been waiting there at the bus stop for a target.
“We’d like to hear from anyone who can help us identify this man or has any other information that could help our inquiry.
“The fact he was able to remove the credit card from the woman’s purse without her seeing that suggests he knew exactly what he was doing and people need to be aware of this type of approach and to be on their guard.”
Anyone with information can contact PC Deakin at Kidderminster Police Station on 101, quoting incident 329-S-160813, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
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