Pickpockets distract OAP at cashpoint with map asking for directions in scam

Police are hunting for pickpockets who distracted an OAP by asking for directions, before he discovered a large sum of money was missing from his jacket.

Seconds after the pensioner withdrew money from the Barclays ATM in Longton, pickpockets used a map to distract him.

The man and woman approached the elderly victim as soon as he withdrew the money, he then discovered the money was gone, Stoke on Trent Live reports.

Officers are appealing for witnesses to come forward following the incident which occurred in The Strand at midday on March 16.

A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: "We are investigating after an elderly man had a large sum of cash stolen from him by pickpockets in Longton on Monday.

"The man had withdrawn cash from Barclays in The Strand at midday when he was approached by a man and woman who spoke to him asking for directions.

"They spoke with East European accents and the woman had blonde hair.

"He noticed afterwards the money had been taken from his jacket pocket."

One eye-witness said: "I've just been in Barclays and an elderly gentleman has just come in saying he has just been robbed at the cash point. It was the second one that day."

It is believed the suspects are of Eastern European descent.

The incident, according to the witness had been the second one of the day where a victim had their money stolen.

Anyone with information should message Staffordshire Police on Facebook or Twitter or call 101 quoting incident number 267 of March 17.

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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