Bank card thieves’ car park trick

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

FOUR older peo­ple have had their bank cards stolen af­ter be­ing ap­proached in su­per­mar­ket car parks and asked for di­rec­tions.

The in­ci­dents – in­volv­ing peo­ple rang­ing in age from their 60s to 80s – in Ash­ford, Folke­stone, Cheri­ton and Dover have led to a warn­ing from po­lice.

The in­ci­dents were at Tesco in Cheri­ton on Fri­day, April 9, at 10.20am; Tesco in Whit­field on the same day at 12.20pm; Mor­ri­son’s in Folke­stone on Sun­day, May 16, at 1.15pm and Tesco at Park Farm, Ash­ford, on Satur­day, May 22, also at 1.15pm.

Po­lice be­lieve the of­fend­ers, de­scribed as east­ern Euro­pean, work in a gang of two men and a young woman. While one dis­tracts the shop­per by ask­ing di­rec­tions, the oth­ers steal the bank card, hav­ing pos­si­bly no­ticed the vic­tim en­ter their PIN at the check­out. The stolen cards were used in Il­ford and Charl­ton.

Act­ing Insp Neil Min­ter said: “Make sure no-one can see you en­ter your PIN and be­ware if any­one ap­proaches while putting your shop­ping in the car.”

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