CARD SNATCH: Woman, 70s, victim of cashpoint theft by man wearing black mask
Thursday 18th February 2021
A WOMAN was robbed of her bank card as she used the cashpoint machinein Headcorn.
A masked man approached her from behind and snatched it from her.
A quantity of cash was later stolen from her account.
Kent Police said: "Residents in Headcorn are reminded to keep their bank cards safe following a report of a robbery outside a supermarket.
"The incident happened at around 10.45am on Wednesday 17 February 2021 next to a Sainsburys Local store in the High Street.
"It is alleged a man approached a woman in her 70s while she was using a cash machine, reached over her shoulder and stole her bank card. The victim later found a quantity of cash had been taken from her bank account."
The man is described as being white, five feet and six inches tall and dressed in black clothing. He was also wearing a black face mask.
Inspector Stephen Kent of the Maidstone Community Safety Unit said: ‘While this type of offence is not a common occurrence in the villages in this area, I would remind shoppers to be careful when out and about to avoid becoming victim to opportunist thieves.
‘Don’t carry large amounts of cash and, when you use a bank or credit card, ensure nobody can see you enter the PIN.
'If you discover cards have been stolen, contact your bank or building society immediately so that they can be blocked.’
Anyone who saw the incident or who has information that may assist the investigation is urged to contact 01622 604100, quoting crime reference number 46/26299/21.
You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, by calling 0800 555111 or using the anonymous online form.
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