Sneak thief targets shopper, 84, at cashpoint

A callous thief who distracted an 84-year-old man before stealing his bank card has been branded ‘utter scum’ and ‘cowardly’.

The sickening incident happened on Tuesday afternoon, when the pensioner was approached at the cash point outside Alnwick’s Sainsbury’s store, on Willowburn Avenue.

As the victim was using the machine, the heartless thief told him it was out of order, before taking the card as they were talking.

It appears that the offender then went to the town’s Willowtree Service Station and used it to withdraw cash from another machine.

The shocking incident sparked an angry Facebook message from the victim’s daughter, who did not want to be named, which prompted a wave of scathing comments from social-network users.

One branded it a ‘cowardly trick’ while another described the crime as ‘awful’.

The victim is said to be ‘fine but shocked’.

Police have been informed about the incident, which happened between 1pm and 2pm, and are making inquiries and looking at CCTV footage.

The offender is described as being of Asian descent.

He is said to be five-feet, ten-inches tall, of medium build, with dark hair and in his early to mid-20s.

He was wearing a light grey jumper with a white stripe around the shoulder area and a small motif on the left breast.

He was also wearing white trainers and black trousers.

Northumberland area command Superintendent Mick Paterson said: “This has been, no doubt, a distressing experience for the victim.”

He has appealed for anyone with information about the crime to contact police on 101.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.