Police hunt ‘cruel’ trio

Police appeal
Police appeal
  • Images released of three suspects
  • Pensioner targeted in Wigan town centre
  • £2500 withdrawn from bank account
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Police have released CCTV images after an elderly woman was the target of a theft in Wigan.

At 11.30am on Thursday February 4 an 85-year-old woman was inside Barclays bank on Market Place in the town centre and had withdrawn money from the cash machine when a man approached her.

Two of the three men police want to speak to in relation to the theft

Two of the three men police want to speak to in relation to the theft

He told her he had dropped a ten pound note, so the woman picked it up for him.

The woman then continued on her journey, not realising that the man had stolen her debit card. The victim received a call the next morning to confirm that she had withdrawn £2500 from her account and it was then that she realised her debit card was missing.

PC Douglas Craigen said: “The victim is an elderly woman and has been targeted by cruel thieves would have been able to see her vulnerability.

“The CCTV images are very clear and someone will know the men pictured. We are keen to speak to them in connection with this incident, so if you recognise them I would urge you to contact police as a matter of urgency.”

The images are very clear and someone will know the men

PC Douglas Craiden

Anyone with information is asked to call the investigation team directly on 0161 856 7124, 101, or the independent charity, Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

Two of the three men police want to speak to in relation to the theft

Two of the three men police want to speak to in relation to the theft