Police have released footage of the moment the pensioner’s card is swapped over as he withdrew money from the foyer of Natwest.
Police have released CCTV footage of a “callous” distraction theft in which a 93-year-old man was targeted at a cash machine. Within hours of the “despicable” crime, £23,000 had been taken from the victim’s bank account by transfer. The CCTV footage of the moment the pensioner’s card is swapped over as he withdrew money from the foyer of Natwest in St Peter’s Hill, Grantham, on December 14.
Thieves were then able to obtain the victim’s bank card and PIN number. Within hours, a total of £23,000 was transferred out of his bank account, police said. A few days later when the gentleman tried to use his card again he realised he did not have his own card and reported the matter to the bank . Police would like to speak to three men seen in the CCTV footage about the theft and are asking for help to trace them.
DI Simon Bromiley, from Lincolnshire Police , said: “What is quite clear from our enquiries so far is that these three men were very-well organised in their deception and very selective about their victim. “They watched the gentleman as he came into the bank and then carried out this despicable and callous theft.