Distraction theft


From the Met Police YouTube channel:

Police in Greenwich have released CCTV footage of a distraction theft at a cash point outside Barclays bank in Vanbrugh Park, SE3.

Officers are asking the public to assist in identifying three men suspected of being involved.

The incident occurred on Tuesday, 10 September at approximately 14:00hrs when the victim, a man aged 82, was at the cash point and while waiting for his money he was distracted by a man standing behind him.

The suspect was speaking in a foreign language and kept pointing at a £10 on the floor by the victim’s feet, implying he had dropped it. The victim subsequently bent down to pick up the £10 note. When he stood back up, he noticed his card and £50 cash had been taken.

The victim saw the suspect walk away with two other men. The victim was unharmed.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Burglary Squad on 020 8284 9449 or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Gary writes on Facebook that there have been a few of these in Blackheath village too.

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  1. I’ve seen police officers checking all the ATMs in the Royal Standard twice now since this incident. It appears they’re looking to see if anyone has installed card skimmers on them.
    Be wary when using any of them, as I think there may be a gang operating in the area.

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