West Midlands Police are investigating after an elderly gentleman appears to have been the victim of ‘distraction theft’.
It is reported that whilst an 80 year old man was using the cash machine at the Barclays Bank on Bristol Road South, Northfield, at 10:10am Tuesday morning (10th July), another man tapped him on the shoulder to tell him that he’d dropped £5. After thanking what he believed to be a good samaritan, he went off to the bus stop to go home.
At the bus stop, he was approached again by the same man who proclaimed that the £5 actually belonged to another man, who this time was standing with him.
The elderly man gave him back the £5 whilst the other instigated conversation, it wasn’t until he got home that he noticed his bank card was missing. The concerned pensioner returned back to the Northfield branch to report it missing, unfortunately, £700 had already being taken from his account and several purchases made from multiple locations, including one for around £400 in Argos.
The victim described one of the men was wearing: “a white t-shirt and the other had dark clothing and a thin moustache, they both spoke in very broken English with an Eastern European accent.” He also claims that it was the man with the dark clothing that originally picked up the £5 and suggested that he must have dropped it.
Anyone with information should contact 101 quoting Log no: 1651 10/07/18 – Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org