Police warn: be on guard after distraction theft

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POLICE are warning shoppers to be on their guard after a woman had her credit card stolen in a distraction theft in Buckingham.

At about 10.30am on Saturday, June 11, the victim was approached in Waitrose car park by a middle-aged woman with a strong accent, asking for change for a £2 coin for the car park.

The victim said: “She was insistent I gave her a 50p, which I didn’t have, but I gave her enough change for the car park.

“She was right in my space and I was unable to back off.

“Somehow my card was removed from my wallet, and a £10 note.

“I then noticed she met up with another woman.”

The card was subsequently used to the tune of £500 in Buckingham, Bletchley, St Albans and Wolverhampton.

PC Hugh Catlin said the victim had felt intimidated and was unable to provide a description. He said: “I believe she was observed paying in the supermarket and her PIN noted and when the suspect later asked her for change she got right up next to the victim and must have pilfered from her purse.”

Buckingham Neighbourhood Police Sgt Paul Cladingboel said: “If people are approached under similar circumstances, please be on your guard. Any witnesses should call the police non-emergency number on 08458 505505.”