Distraction Theft & Bag Dipping Thefts – Kenilworth

Warwickshire Police are advising everyone to take extra care of their belongings, especially their handbags, purses and wallets when out and about shopping in town centre or shopping areas. They are also emphasising that you should never let people get close to you when you are at an automatic cash machines.  If  people will not move away then don’t use the machine and report the incident. Never give your bank details or allow anyone to see you entering your personal PIN codes.

The advice  advice follows three incidents that took place in Kenilworth Town Centre between Thursday 18 April and Friday 19 April 2019.

Please be aware that at around 11.45hrs on Thursday 18 April 2019 a lone female while drawing cash from an automatic cash machine situated at The Square, Kenilworth was distracted by being asked for directions by two females described as aged approximately 25 years old. The individual drawing the cash immediately removed her card and went inside the premises whereupon she found £500 had been taken from her account.

 
This is incident 183 of 18 April 2019

 
Please be aware that between 13.00hrs and 14.00hrs on Friday 19 April 2019 a female whilst shopping in Kenilworth town centre had her purse stolen from her bag without immediately noticing it had been taken. Consequently, a quantity of cash and banks cards were stolen.

 
This is incident 167 of 19 April 2019

 
Please be aware that between 12.00 (midday) and 12.30hrs on Friday 19 April 2019 a female shopper had her purse stolen from her bag in Kenilworth Town Centre, near to Talisman Square. Consequently, a quantity of cash and bank cards were stolen.

 
This is incident 206 of 19 April 2019

 
If you think you may have seen or heard anything suspicious or have any information about any of these incidents then please call Warwickshire Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

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