Suspect hunted after distraction theft from pensioner

CCTV image of the suspect
CCTV image of the suspect

Police have released a CCTV image of a man suspected of stealing £300 from a 79-year-old woman in Wigan.

At around 2.25pm on Friday, May 27, the victim was withdrawing cash from an ATM outside Lloyds TSB on Market Street, Wigan, when she was approached by a man.

He distracted her, and while her attention was diverted away from the machine he stole £300 from her account without her realising.

The offender was wearing black trainers, grey tracksuit bottoms, a green parka coat and black Nike cap.

Police Community Support Officer Debbie Alty said: “This poor woman was left significantly out of pocket by an opportunist thief who targeted her while she was using the cash machine.

“The offender is highly likely to offend again, and as a result we would like anyone who recognises the man in this image to come forward and speak to police.

“Perpetrators of crimes such as this tend to target elderly and vulnerable victims while they are alone in the town centre, and even a momentary lapse of concentration can cost the victims hundreds of pounds.

“We would advise members of the public to be aware of your surroundings, and be vigilant for such fraudsters when they are using an ATM machine.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting incident number 270516/1378 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.