The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

Thief hugs vic­tim to dis­tract him

- Crime · Viral · Incidents · Charity · Society · Saffron Walden

A thief thought to be pos­ing as a char­ity worker stole money from an el­derly man while hug­ging him as a dis­trac­tion tac­tic, po­lice have said.

The 88-year-old vic­tim parked his car in a Waitrose car park in Saf­fron Walden, Es­sex, when a woman tapped on his win­dow.

When the man wound down his win­dow, the woman placed a clip­board on his steer­ing wheel, and drew on it.

Be­liev­ing she was ask­ing for a do­na­tion on be­half of a char­ity, the man gave her a £5 note. The woman then hugged him for around one minute, which po­lice say the vic­tim found “odd”.

A f t e r d o i n g a su­per­mar­ket shop, the man re­alised a three-fig­ure sum of money was miss­ing from his pocket.

Po­lice are look­ing for a white woman with black, shoul­der-length hair who was seen car­ry­ing a blue clip­board be­tween 2.30pm and 3pm on Novem­ber 5.

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