Police appeal after Potters Bar distraction theft
PUBLISHED: 10:49 14 November 2014 | UPDATED: 10:49 14 November 2014
Police are hunting two men involved in a distraction theft which saw an 86-year-old man have £200 stolen in Potters Bar.
Just after noon on Friday, October 24, the pair approached the man in Tesco car park in Mutton Lane while he was putting his shopping in his car.
One of the men distracted the shopper using a map and asking for directions while the other stole a bank card from the victim’s pocket.
The card was then used at a nearby cash point to steal more than £200 from the victim’s account.
PC Paul Francis, investigating, said: “I would like to speak with the two people pictured as it may be that they could assist my investigation.
“If you can identify either of them then please contact me.
“I would also ask people in Potters Bar to be cautious if you are approached in this manner.
“Whilst it is understandable that you may want to assist someone who is genuinely lost, there are people who use this method to carry out distraction thefts.”
* Anyone who has information that could assist PC Francis should contact the Herts Police non-emergency number, 101, quoting crime reference number J3/14/1009. Alternatively call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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