Appeal after purse theft in Leeds club

Police have released an image of a man they want to speak to in connection with a purse theft
Police have released an image of a man they want to speak to in connection with a purse theft
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Police have released an image of a man they want to speak to in connection with a purse theft.

A cash card in the purse was used to buy food and withdraw money from the victim’s account after it was stolen from a Leeds club.

Officers from British Transport Police have released an image of a man who they believe may have information about the investigation.

PC Colin Steele said: “We believe the victim, a 24-year-old woman from Leeds, was observed entering her PIN whilst using her card earlier in the night to buy drinks at the Mission 2 nightclub. She put her card back in her purse and her purse in her bag, before noticing a short while later that her bag had been opened and her purse was missing.

“She immediately cancelled her cards, but then subsequently discovered that one card had already been used on two occasions at Nandos restaurant to buy food valued at around £40 and to withdraw £180 from her bank account.”

Police are urging people to be vigilant when using cash cards following the theft, which happened in the early hours of October 4.

PC Steele said: “We believe that the victim had been watched entering her PIN details when making a purchase at the bar and then had her purse containing her cards stolen during the evening.

“It is important to remember to cover your hand when entering PIN details, be aware of your surroundings and keep a close eye on your belongings to reduce your chances of being a victim of crime.”

Anyone with information is urged to call British Transport Police on 0800 405040, text 61016 quoting PSUB/B9 of 22/10/2015 or contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Carl DAmmassa, Group Managing Director  Business Finance, Aldermore

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