Man withdraws £500 after stealing woman’s bank card

News from Northumbria Police
News from Northumbria Police

Police are appealing for witnesses following a theft in Northumberland, after a man distracted a woman before stealing her bank card and withdrawing £500.

The incident happened at around 11.40am today in Sainsbury’s car park, on Willowburn Avenue, in Alnwick.

The woman had just returned to her car with her shopping when she was approached by a man in the car park after she left her bags on the front seat of the vehicle. He asked her for directions, causing her to move away from her car.

After she drove home she found her bank card had been stolen and £500 withdrawn in cash.

The man who asked for directions is described as being Eastern European, five-feet eight-inches tall, approximately 40 to 50 years old, with swept-back dark hair with grey streaks. He was wearing a pale grey suit with no tie.

Police are carrying out inquiries in the area and are appealing for witnesses.

Sergeant Richie Anderson said: “We’re appealing for witnesses to this incident. We also want to want to alert people to this type of crime and ask them to be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to police straightaway.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 475 of 11/09/15, or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.