A CASH-POINT camera catches the moment a suspected thief uses a stolen debit card to withdraw £250 from a Solihull bank.
The card was in a handbag swiped from the feet of a diner in the Touchwood centre on Saturday June 12 – and just minutes later was used outside Coventry Building Society on Poplar Road.
It was used again shortly after to withdraw £50 from the nearby Lloyds hole-in-the-wall, but another attempt to take £200 from the same machine failed when the card was declined.
Investigating officer PC Chris Scott, said: “The victim hadn’t left the bag unattended and she hasn’t reported being distracted by an accomplice; it was somehow taken from beneath the table without her noticing.
“Unfortunately she’d written her PIN number in a diary that was also in the handbag so she made it easy for the thief. PIN numbers should never be written on bank cards or on scraps of paper carried in purses, wallets or handbags.”
The woman police want to speak to is white and believed to be in her mid- to late-40s. At the time she had short, multi-tone or highlighted hair scraped to the side, and was wearing a light coloured blouse and cardigan.
Anyone with information, or who thinks they recognise the woman, is asked to contact PC Scott at Solihull Police on 0345 113 5000 (ext: 7921 6585).