Can you help identify this man?
Police have issued CCTV images of a man they would like to
interview in connection with a distraction theft in Great
At around 12.15pm on Tuesday November 22, 2011, an unidentified man
seen in the CCTV images approached a woman in her fifties in the
car park of Tesco Stores in The Square, Great Notley, and asked for
directions to Luton.
Whilst the woman was distracted, a second unidentified suspect (not
seen in the CCTV images) stole credit cards from her handbag, which
was on the passenger seat of her car.
Unidentified suspects then used the stolen cards fraudulently to
withdraw £750 from the woman’s account before she realised they had
The woman had earlier used her card at the checkout of Tesco
Stores, and officers believe that she may have been watched
entering her PIN during this process.
Stephen Armson-Smith, Crime Reduction Advisor for Braintree
district, said: "We suspect that the criminals may be watching
people using ATMs and checkouts, to try to read their PIN numbers
as they type them in.
"I would ask members of the public to be aware and alert whenever
they use their cards, whether paying for a transaction or
withdrawing cash from an ATM. Try and make sure that your PIN
number is kept private when entering it into the keypad and be
swift to remove both the card and the money when they are returned
If you are the man in the CCTV images, or if you know his
identity, please contact Pc Simon Faraday at Braintree police
station on 101, or by calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555