Police are appealing for witnesses and information after a woman in her 20s had money stolen from her as she withdrew it from a cashpoint outside the HSBC bank in New Road, Rubery.

The incident happened just before 9am on Tuesday, 23 August. The victim took her card out of the machine and while she was putting it away in her purse the cash was grabbed by one of two men standing behind her.

They were both white, about 5ft 9ins in height and thought to be in their early 20s. One is described as skinny build and the other as chubby. Following the incident they made off in the direction of Birmingham.

PC Chris Evans from Rubery said: “It would have been quite busy along New Road at that time of the morning so it is highly likely that someone may have seen these men hanging around the cashpoint or the incident as it happened.

“Anyone with information should call us as soon as possible.”

He added: “We would remind the public to be vigilant when using any cash machine, particularly those which are outdoor, stand alone cash machines rather than those inside banks.

“People should be alert to anyone standing close behind them who may be watching their movements, and should also remember to cover their pin number so no-one else can see it.”

Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to contact PC Evans on 0300 333 3000, quoting incident 129-S-230811, or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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