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Do you recognise these conmen who stole a wallet and then went on spending spree in Solihull?

DETECTIVES are hunting two balding crooks that stole a man’s wallet and then used his credit card to go on a £3,500 spending spree.

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DETECTIVES are hunting two balding crooks who stole a man’s wallet and then used his credit card to go on a £3,500 spending spree.

The men were caught on CCTV in Solihull stores using the bank card after the wallet was snatched during lunch hour from an office building in Blythe Valley Business Park.

Minutes later the card was used in a nearby Tesco to buy two lap-tops, then at Argos to buy another lap-top and gadgets, and finally at Boots where the fraudsters walked out with aftershave and electronic muscle toning equipment.

Both men are believed to be in their mid-30s or early 40s and have shaved receding hairlines.

One suspect was wearing a light blue shirt and appeared to be wearing a blue bandage or plaster cast on his right forearm.

Investigating officer PC James Smith from Solihull CID, said: “The thieves phoned the victim after stealing the card, claiming to be from his bank and alerting him to suspicious activity on his account.

“They said they needed account details, including his PIN number, to protect his account and unfortunately he provided them. The thieves then used cards to spend more than £3,000 in little more than an hour.

“Because the victim volunteered his account details the bank won’t compensate him. It’s important to stress to members of the public never to give your PIN number to any callers, even ones claiming to be from your bank.”

The offences took place in the early afternoon of July 7.

Anyone who recognises the men is urged to contact PC James Smith at Solihull Police Investigation Team on 0345 113 5000 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.



Cathrina Hulse
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