Police release images of theft suspect

By Chris Willmott 10/05 Updated: 10/05 09:41

POLICE in Solihull have released CCTV images of a person they want to trace after an elderly man fell victim to a distraction theft.

The 82-year-old victim was withdrawing cash at Lloyds TSB on Poplar Road, at around 12:20pm on April 12, when the incident happened.

He was distracted by the offender who waved a piece of paper in his face as he stole his cash card.

The stolen card was then used a short time later to withdraw a significant quantity of money from a different cash machine on the same road.

The suspect (pictured) is black, of slim build.

He wore light blue jeans, a blue top with horizontal white stripes and a black cap.

PC Steve Jones, from Solihull Police, said: "This is good quality CCTV footage and I am confident someone will recognise who this person is."

He also warned bank customers to be vigilant when using ATM machines: "Never be distracted when using a cash point regardless of what the person may be saying to you or trying to point out.

"If you believe someone is watching you then cancel the transaction and remove your card.

"Always cover the keypad when entering your PIN and, where possible, try to use machines within banks where staff members are on hand and offenders less likely to try their luck.

"You should never write down your PIN and carry it around in a purse or handbag along with the card itself."

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