Thieves stole £700 from Good Samaritan by posing as lost tourists

A Chorley pensioner who stopped to help a couple of 'lost tourists' asking for directions is the latest victim in a series of distraction thefts.

Friday, 16th November 2018, 12:31 pm
Updated Friday, 16th November 2018, 1:34 pm
Suspects believed to be involved in distraction theft targeting a pensioner

The 74-year-old woman was approached by a couple outside the Aldi supermarket in Harper's Lane at 10.30am on Tuesday October 23.

Posing as tourists, the pair asked the woman for directions to London and said they were on holiday in Britain.

The woman explained that London was over 200 miles away and used her mobile phone to help the couple with directions and information.

Suspects believed to be involved in distraction theft targeting a pensioner

The couple thanked the woman for her help and swiftly left the scene. The pensioner said she felt confused by the encounter but only realised when she returned home that her bank card was missing.

She reported her concerns to the police who advised her to check her bank account. Soon after, the woman discovered that £700 had been taken from her savings account.

Her card was also used in various shops, with CCTV capturing another suspect using her card to pay for a number of items.

It is the latest in a series of distraction thefts, with a number of elderly people targeted outside supermarkets in Chorley and surrounding areas.

Police have released CCTV images of the three suspects who they want to speak to in connection with the theft.

PC Leanne Oxley, of Lancashire Police, said: “We want to speak to these individuals in connection with the theft of a woman’s bank card in Chorley.

“If you know who they are, please contact police immediately.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting crime reference SC1810127.