Alert over trio targeting elderly at Sheffield city centre cash points
Police are tracing three men in connection with a number of bank card thefts against elderly people in Sheffield city centre.
A 92-year-old man was withdrawing money from a cash machine connected to HSBC in Church Street when three men distracted him and made him believe the machine had taken his card.
One of the other men had in fact stolen it and used it to withdraw money. The incident happened on Monday, February 22, at about 11.30am.
A second incident happened later that day at about 11.35am at the Lloyds TSB bank in High Street when an 81-year-old man was about to use the cash point when the same group of men allegedly distracted him and again, stole his bankcard and later withdrawing some money from his account.
Police have now issued CCTV images of three men they would like to speak to in connection with the incidents.
City Centre Neighbourhood Sergeant Naomi Saxton said: “I would ask that anyone who recognises the men in these images, or who has any information about the incidents, to contact police.
“We would like to speak to the three men pictured as we believe they could hold information which could help with enquiries.
“If you are withdrawing cash either at an outdoor cash machine or inside a bank, please be mindful of guarding your pin and of who is around you.
“I would also like to ask anyone with elderly relatives to make them aware of these incidents and to ensure that they remain vigilant when using cash machines.”
Anyone with information in relation to the first incident is asked to call 101 quoting incident number 392 of 22 February 2016. Details about the second incident should be passed to police on 101 quoting incident number 463 of 22 February 2016.