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7 April 2016, 06:16
Police have released CCTV images of two women they would like to speak to in connection with a series of thefts in Cambridge.
On February 2 and 26, offenders approached two women, aged 70 and 63, in their cars in Hauxton Road, Trumpington to ask for directions. The victims’ bank cards were taken and used to withdraw more than £22,000.
On March 16, 17 and 31, three women aged 70, 73 and 76 had their purses containing cash and bank cards taken from their shopping trolleys in Hauxton Road.
On March 17 offenders followed an 83 year-old woman to her home in Grantchester Road, Newnham, when they asked for directions to the hospital. They entered the victim’s house however left empty handed.
Detective Constable Paul Evans said:
"We are investigating a series of incidents where elderly females are being approached and distracted whilst their bank cards are stolen. In some instances the cards are then used to withdraw large sums of cash at different locations across the UK.
We would like to reassure people that extra patrols are being carried out in the area and stores are being made aware of the incidents.
I would ask that people out shipping remain vigilant and consider using a handbag with a strap over the shoulder and ensure purses or wallets are in a zipped up bag or inside coat pocket."
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. Alternatively, visit https://crimestoppers-uk.org