Elderly woman has £200 stolen by Welwyn Garden City distraction thieves
PUBLISHED: 12:05 04 September 2018 | UPDATED: 12:05 04 September 2018
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A daughter is warning shoppers to be on their guard after her mum, who is in her eighties, was targeted by distraction thieves while shopping in Aldi, Welwyn Garden City.
The concerned daughter said the incident had been reported to the police and officers were already looking through CCTV footage.
She said: “My mum had her credit card and her PIN number stolen whilst shopping in Aldi in Welwyn Garden City last week.
“She was distracted by two well-dressed men at the till who told her she had dropped £5 and they managed to get her card and her PIN and she has no idea how.
“They then approached her again in the car park about the £5.
“She didn’t realise until a few days later when she went to use her card as she hadn’t thought much of the encounter.
“She said they were ‘very charming’.
“They immediately went and withdrew £200 in Welwyn Garden and tried multiple more times but John Lewis Finance had stopped the card as it was suspicious activity.
“They then tried to use it online and in stores many more times but thankfully with no luck.
“We’ve reported it to police and they’re looking at CCTV in store and in town so here’s hoping they find them.
“We assume that they do this a lot as clearly they know exactly what they are doing.
“Warn your elderly parents to be extra vigilant and to be wary of strangers being extra nice.
“It’s horrid to have to say that but sadly that’s how it is.”
A police spokeswoman said: “Officers are investigating after a woman had her bank card stolen in Welwyn Garden City.
“It happened at the Aldi store in Bessemer Road between 11.30am and 12.30pm on Thursday, August 30.
“The victim was approached at the till by two men.
“They pointed to a £5 note on the floor and asked the victim if it was hers.
“She believed it had fallen from her purse while she was paying so she picked it up.
“When she left the store, the two men approached her again and said that it was in fact their £5.
“The victim opened her purse and gave them the bank note, at which point she believes her bank card was stolen as it has since been used in several transactions.
“The men were described as being of Iranian ethnicity and aged approximately in their 40s.”
•If you witnessed what happened, saw two men matching the description in Aldi at the time of the incident or outside in the vicinity of the store, please call 101 quoting crime reference 41/33431/18.