Two sought over thefts at cash ma­chines

Bath Chronicle - - NEWS -

Po­lice are search­ing for two men in con­nec­tion with fraud and theft of­fences at cash ma­chines in Bath. Of­fi­cers say two men have been work­ing in tan­dem by “prey­ing on vul­ner­a­ble women” as they use city cen­tre banks and ATMS. And po­lice now want to iden­tify these men who they be­lieve could help with en­quiries. Avon and Som­er­set Po­lice said in a state­ment: “Work­ing as a team, they re­peat­edly walk sep­a­rately be­tween banks and ATMS look­ing for lone older fe­males who are car­ry­ing shoul­der or open type bags. “They ob­serve these women use the ATM, film the PIN en­try on their mo­bile phones, and watch care­fully where the woman then puts the bank card they have used and any cash they have drawn out. “The men then fol­low their vic­tim on foot, and when one of them then dis­tracts the woman by en­gag­ing her in con­ver­sa­tion and ac­tiv­ity, the other will steal the bank card and any cash from the bag. “This man then goes straight to the nearby ATM to use the bank card, util­is­ing the filmed PIN en­try. If the PIN is suc­cess­ful the cul­prits may go on to fraud­u­lently use the card in nearby shop­ping out­lets. “The men are known to use dis­trac­tion tech­nique of ap­proach­ing their vic­tim and say­ing to them that they are the same size as the of­fender’s mother, and could the vic­tim help them in choos­ing a coat of the cor­rect size.” Avon and Som­er­set po­lice are ap­peal­ing for the pub­lic’s help to find the two men pic­tured. If you can help, call 101 and give the ref­er­ence num­ber 5218205884. You can also con­tact the in­de­pen­dent char­ity Crimestop­pers 100 per cent anony­mously on 0800 555 111 or via their Anony­mous On­line Form.

Po­lice are look­ing for these two men in con­nec­tion with the thefts

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