CRAFTY thieves targeted an Olton couple while they were enjoying a quiet drink outside a town centre pub.
The husband and wife were sat outside The White Swan, in Station Road, when a pair of women came over - offering to sell them jewellery.
One of the women managed to slip a gold chain off the man’s neck and replace it with a cheap fake.
A few moments later, the couple noticed the switch and called police officers.
Beverley Whiston contacted the Solihull News to warn other people to be on their guard.
The 58-year-old, who is diabetic and uses a wheelchair, said that her husband’s 20-inch chain was worth over £500.
“It was very upsetting. He’s never taken the chain off his neck since I bought it him as a Christmas present,” she said.
The younger woman, who performed the sleight-of-hand, was about 25-years-old, with dark hair tied back.
Her accomplice was about 60, quite plump, also with dark hair. Both were Asian or Romany and wore headscarves.
A West Midlands Police spokesman said that officers were called to the scene at 3.15pm and searched the town centre.
“We would warn people to be very wary if they’re approached by unsolicited street-sellers,” he said.
Anyone with information should call 0345 113 5000 and ask for the St Alphege neighbourhood team.