Police release CCTV images in search for £14,000 bank card thieves

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Police have released pictures of a man and a woman they want to trace in connection with a £14,000 bank cards theft in Leeds.

The 66-year-old victim had returned to her home in Cookridge from a shopping trip when she was approached by two men and a woman, described as eastern European.

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They asked her for directions and, while she was distracted, her bank cards were stolen from her bag. The three then drove off in a car towards Horsforth.

It is thought they had earlier watched the woman pay in a supermarket and had made a note of her PIN code.

Leeds District Neighbourhood Crime Team’s Det Con Rhys Stead said: “The bank cards were used throughout West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire for purchases and cash withdrawals totalling around £14,000.

”We believe these offenders are an organised team that are travelling throughout the UK committing similar offences as well as loitering around cash machines to see people’s PIN numbers before distracting them and stealing their cards.

“I would like to hear from anyone who recognises them or who has any information that could assist us in identifying them.

“We would also like to hear from anyone who has been approached in similar circumstances.”

Checks on CCTV have shown the offenders visiting the Owlcotes shopping centre in Pudsey, TK Maxx and Barclays Bank in Wakefield and a Cash Converters shop in Dewsbury.

Among the items they bought were smartphones and tablet computers.

The original theft took place on September 10.

Anyone with information is asked contact DC Stead at Weetwood Police Station via West Yorkshire Police’s 101 number or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Joanne Mjadzelics

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