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CCTV APPEAL: Police release images after St Albans distraction theft

 Published on: 10th August 2022   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

Officers have released CCTV images of people who might be able to help their enquiries into a distraction theft which happened in St Albans.

The incident happened between 10.45am and 11am on Monday 18 July. The victim – a woman in her seventies – had been to NatWest bank to withdraw cash. After finishing at the bank, she walked through Civic Close, past the side of Ladbrokes and Waterend Barn. Here she was distracted by a man who had dropped some coins which were picked up by other people and given back to him.

When the victim returned home, she realised that the money she had withdrawn at the bank was now gone from her bag.

PC Toby George, who is investigating, said: “We believe that the coins were dropped to distract the victim and we are doing everything we can to trace the offender(s).

“Those pictured are believed to have been in the area at the time of the offence and they could have vital information about what happened. If you recognise them, or have information yourself, please call the non-emergency number 101 or email me at quoting crime reference 41/58047/22.

“I would also like to remind residents of the steps they can take to protect themselves from thieves. Always use a handbag which can be properly closed, preferably zipped, so it’s more difficult for someone to reach in and never leave it unattended. It can be a good idea to use a bag that can be worn diagonally across your chest. If not, carry it in front of you. For more tips visit our website.

Information can also be reported online at the Hertfordshire Constabulary website or by speaking to an operator in the Force Communications Room via the online web chat.

Alternatively, you can stay 100% anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their untraceable online form.

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