Thief steals £300 after telling pensioner cash machine is broken

19:52 24 January 2013

The theft occurred at a cash point in High Road, Leytonstone. File picture: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The theft occurred at a cash point in High Road, Leytonstone. File picture: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

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A thief took £300 from a pensioner’s bank account after telling her the cash machine she was trying to use wasn’t working.

The incident happened on Monday at around 2.05pm in High Road, Leytonstone.

The 65-year-old victim went to use a cash machine outside Lloyds TSB.

As she entered her pin number into the machine a man pushed her to the side, saying: “The machine isn’t working.”

The suspect then withdrew £300 from the woman’s account before running off up High Road towards the Green Man roundabout.

The man is described as Asian, approximately 30 to 35 years old and around 5ft 9ins tall. He is of slim build with black hair and was wearing a black hooded jacket.

Detective Constable Ray Anderson said: “This is a despicable crime towards a vulnerable victim and we would urge anyone who has any information that may help identify this suspect to contact police so we can catch the person responsible.”

Anyone with information call DC Raymond Anderson from Waltham Forest CID on 020 3276 0944 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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