Elderly man falls victim to distraction theft

Elderly man falls victim to distraction theft

Elderly man falls victim to distraction theft

First published in South Essex by , Reporter

A 60-YEAR-OLD man has fallen victim to an alleged distraction thief who stole his card at a cashpoint in Grays.

Police want to identify a man who they think may be responsible for the distraction theft.

The incident took place at the Barclays cashpoint in Lodge Lane, Socketts Heath, sometime between 9.30am and 10am on Tuesday, July 15.

The man is believed to have distracted the victim, a man in his 60s who lives in Grays, whilst he was using the cashpoint and then took his card.

The card was later used to try and withdraw money from his bank account.

The man in the image is described as being aged between 25 and 35 was around 6ft tall and had black, short hair. He was wearing a top and dark trousers.

He was seen driving a black car, possibly a Peugeot.

Investigating Officer PC Paul Lamb said: "I would urge anybody who recognises this man to come forward.

“Luckily the victim managed to alert his bank before his cash card was used. I would also urge people to be aware when using cashpoints, make sure nobody is hovering nearby when you use them.”

There is extra advice on staying safe on the Essex Police website, www.essex.police.uk Anybody with any information is asked to contact Pc Paul Lamb at Grays on Essex Police 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.

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11:54am Fri 5 Sep 14

Mattster says...

Who is the suspect in the picture? It would appear to be the black guy but thats not mentioned in the description.
Who is the suspect in the picture? It would appear to be the black guy but thats not mentioned in the description. Mattster
  • Score: 16

12:01pm Fri 5 Sep 14

SWH says...

Mattster wrote:
Who is the suspect in the picture? It would appear to be the black guy but thats not mentioned in the description.
Quite. The description is very poor. "He was wearing a top". Really?
If the suspect is the man in the picture above, wearing blue, he could be black or Asian. But he's wearing a hat, so how can we know how long his hair is?
[quote][p][bold]Mattster[/bold] wrote: Who is the suspect in the picture? It would appear to be the black guy but thats not mentioned in the description.[/p][/quote]Quite. The description is very poor. "He was wearing a top". Really? If the suspect is the man in the picture above, wearing blue, he could be black or Asian. But he's wearing a hat, so how can we know how long his hair is? SWH
  • Score: 11

1:31pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Paul_Grays says...

I thought most cashpoints had camera's so that a record was available of the people around at the time. Is that not the case?
I thought most cashpoints had camera's so that a record was available of the people around at the time. Is that not the case? Paul_Grays
  • Score: 10

3:42pm Fri 5 Sep 14

OckendonPaul says...

I know lots of people who fit the description but they're white. Does the Gazette reporter suggest I hand their names in anyway? You know, so as not to be racist...
I know lots of people who fit the description but they're white. Does the Gazette reporter suggest I hand their names in anyway? You know, so as not to be racist... OckendonPaul
  • Score: 30

3:53pm Fri 5 Sep 14

skinthegoat says...

Since when was "60 year old" elderly? Of course , it might be to the to the fifteen year olds who appear to be the "reporters" in this so-called newspaper.
Further, it is only when the suspect is white a full description is given.
You can bet your bottom dollar that the filth who attacked the old lady in Edmonton is non-white, due to no description being given. God, haven't we been enriched by immigration!
Since when was "60 year old" elderly? Of course , it might be to the to the fifteen year olds who appear to be the "reporters" in this so-called newspaper. Further, it is only when the suspect is white a full description is given. You can bet your bottom dollar that the filth who attacked the old lady in Edmonton is non-white, due to no description being given. God, haven't we been enriched by immigration! skinthegoat
  • Score: 38

3:56pm Fri 5 Sep 14

skinthegoat says...

ps sorry about the typo....!!
ps sorry about the typo....!! skinthegoat
  • Score: 1

7:31am Sun 7 Sep 14

ebagumtrebor says...

The person who beheaded the woman in Edmonton was black and, according to the evening standard, was a muslim convert. That's why the news channels barely mentioned the story at all. But then we shouldn't sterotype should we.
The person who beheaded the woman in Edmonton was black and, according to the evening standard, was a muslim convert. That's why the news channels barely mentioned the story at all. But then we shouldn't sterotype should we. ebagumtrebor
  • Score: 13

12:00pm Sun 7 Sep 14

skinthegoat says...

Another beheading by a black muslim...who could have seen that coming eh?
Nothing to with islam of course.......
Another beheading by a black muslim...who could have seen that coming eh? Nothing to with islam of course....... skinthegoat
  • Score: 13

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