Pen­sioner tar­geted by ATM thieves

Left shaken by in­ci­dent

Ruislip & Eastcote & Northwood Gazette - - News - By Alexan­der Ballinger alexan­der.ballinger@trin­i­tymir­

AN el­derly man who ap­peared “con­fused” at a bank in Ruis­lip High Street was tar­geted by three men who stole cash from his ac­count.

The vic­tim, who is in his 70s, was ap­proached by the men who of­fered to help him be­cause he looked to be in dif­fi­culty while try­ing to use the cash ma­chine.

Ac­cord­ing to the Metropoli­tan Police, the vic­tim be­lieves the men said his card had been swal­lowed by the Bar­clays Bank cash­point, so he went in­side and ap­proached staff for help.

While he was in­side, the sus­pects with­drew cash from the ma­chine, and then went into the bank and with­drew even more money.

In­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer DC Dar­ren Roe, said: “This was a de­spi­ca­ble crime that left the vic­tim very shaken.

“Although vi­o­lence was not used, thank­fully, he is ob­vi­ously now af­fected by what has hap­pened and it has left him feel­ing par­tic­u­larly vul­ner­a­ble.”

The shock­ing theft in broad day­light hap­pened at the bank in Ruis­lip High Street at the cor­ner with King Ed­wards Road.

It is a busy stretch of the road with a KFC restau­rant next door and a bath­store op­po­site.

Staff have since re­turned the money to the vic­tim’s ac­count and there have been no ar­rests.

Bar­clays rec­om­mend that cus­tomers never let any­one dis­tract them while us­ing a card, even if they ap­pear to be help­ful.

The ad­vice is for peo­ple to be wary if some­one is look­ing over their shoul­der, or if some­one says some­thing dis­tract­ing as they may be try­ing to get your pin.

The bank also rec­om­mends never let­ting any­one take their card away for a trans­ac­tion.

Hilling­don Police is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent which hap­pened at around midday on Satur­day November 12 and any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call 101.

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