Kind-hearted pensioner has bank cards stolen after inviting strangers looking for hospital into her home

Police have released this CCTV image of men they would like to identify following a distraction burg

Police have released this CCTV image of men they would like to identify following a distraction burglary in Weston. - Credit: Archant

Police have released CCTV images of two men they would like to speak to after bank cards were stolen from a kind-hearted Weston pensioner who invited three strangers into her home.

Police have released this CCTV image of men they would like to identify following a distraction burg

Police have released this CCTV image of men they would like to identify following a distraction burglary in Weston. - Credit: Archant

The victim, in her 70s, allowed the three men into her home in Weston on Thursday, April 14, after they asked for directions to the hospital while she was unloading shopping from her car.

One of the men seemed to be old and frail, so the victim invited them into her home and gave the older man a glass of water.

Before leaving, the men asked her to change a £20 note for two £10 notes, which she did.

The next day she found two bank cards had been stolen from her purse, and her bank confirmed that one of the cards had been used to withdraw cash in the Chadwell Heath area of north-east London.

Police have released this CCTV image of a man they would like to identify following a distraction bu

Police have released this CCTV image of a man they would like to identify following a distraction burglary in Weston. - Credit: Archant


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Det Sgt Pete Hankins from Operation Manhunt, which investigates distraction burglaries and rogue traders who target the vulnerable, said: “We have carried out extensive enquiries to try and identify the men pictured but now we are asking for the public’s help to identify and locate these men.

“I am appealing for anyone who recognises these men to contact me. I’d also like to hear from anyone who may have been approached by men in the area in a similar suspicious way.”

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Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting crime reference G3/16/203.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or use their anonymous online form at crimestoppers-uk.org.

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