Bank card thieves target elderly in car park

16:00 27 November 2012

Thieves took more than £5,000 after stealing the bank cards of elderly people they had tricked in a supermarket car park.

Police are appealing for witnesses after three OAPs were targeted in Morrisons’ car park, Wood Lane, Dagenham on three separate occasions this month and last. Officers believe the crimes are linked.

On October 26 an 83-year-old woman was approached by another woman and asked if she had dropped a £20 note. She suggested the pensioner check her purse, which she did.

The elderly woman later discovered her bank card was missing and before she had a chance to cancel it, £300 was taken out of her account.

On November 17 a woman holding a £10 note asked an 85-year-old man for change. After he checked his wallet, the suspect and a man she was with walked away. The pensioner later found his card was missing and £2,200 had been taken from his account.

Three days later a 90-year-old woman was approached by a woman with a similar story. She opened the victim’s bag and in that case £3,000 ended up being withdrawn.

The suspects are described as white and Eastern European. The woman, aged between 28 and 30, has straight blonde hair, is around 5ft and may have been wearing a white coat.

The man, aged between 31 and 38, has short black hair and was possibly wearing a suit and tie.

Anyone with information call Pc Jones on 101 quoting reference number 5119769/12 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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