CCTV appeal following distraction theft in Bournemouth

Officers investigating a distraction theft in Bournemouth where a woman’s bank cards were stolen are issuing a CCTV image of someone they would like to speak to.

At approximately 3.40pm on Monday 30 September 2019 the victim was putting her shopping in her car outside the Asda supermarket at Castlepoint when she was approached by a man and a woman asking for directions to Bristol.

While the victim was looking at a map with the man, the female took the victim’s banks cards from her handbag that was on the passenger seat.

It was subsequently discovered that the bank cards were fraudulently used later that day totalling approximately £3,000-worth of transactions.

Police Community Support Investigator Rich Frew, of Bournemouth police, said: “Following enquiries I believe that the man watched the victim enter her PIN number when paying for her shopping in Asda.

“I am now in a position to release a CCTV image of a man I would like to speak to and I am urging anyone who recognises him to get in touch.

“I would like to remind people to be vigilant when shopping. Always keep your bag or purse close to you and ensure your PIN is not visible to anyone else when you are paying for items.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55190155790. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.