CCTV issued after cards stolen in Canterbury distraction theft
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Officers investigating the reported theft of bank cards in Canterbury have released two CCTV images.
On 11 July 2023, a man in his 80s was approached by a woman he did not know in Gravel Walk. She said he had dropped a £10 note and should check his wallet which he did.
He later realised two bank cards had been stolen while he had been distracted. These were subsequently used to withdraw cash from ATMs in Canterbury and Faversham.
Investigating officer, PC Andy Bernthal, said: ‘We have been completing enquiries into this incident and are now able to release CCTV images of two women who we would like to identify. Anybody who recognises them is urged to contact our appeal line. ‘While we are investigating this crime, I would remind shoppers to be careful when out and about to avoid becoming victim to opportunist thieves. ‘It is important to ensure nobody is able to see your PIN when you use a cash machine or pay for purchases. Take particular care if anybody you do not know engages you in conversation outside a shop or bank. ‘As soon as a theft of bank cards is discovered, it is important that banks are contacted immediately to prevent criminals withdrawing victims’ money or making purchases.’
Can you help?
Anyone with information about the thefts should contact 01843 222289, quoting reference number 46/124140/23.