Elderly woman has bank card stolen in Harpenden car park

POLICE have issued a warning after a bank card thief stole �750 from a woman in her 90s in Harpenden.

The theft took place in Sainsbury’s car park last Sunday (October 28), adding to a string of incidents across the county.

Similar crimes have also been reported in Berkhamsted, Rickmansworth, Bishop’s Stortford, Broxbourne, and Letchworth with elderly people being targeted in each instance.

In most reported cases the victim has been approached by a man or a couple in a car park. They tell the victim they have dropped �10.

The offender then helps the victim put the money in their purse, stealing their bank card at the same time.

In some cases the offender distracts the victim with a map, while they steal their wallet or purse.

A police spokesman said: “We believe the offenders may obtain the victim’s pin number whilst they are in store and then follow then into the car park. In one case �750 was removed from the victim’s account before the victim realised her card had been stolen.

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“We must ensure people are aware of this trick so I’d urge people to be vigilant and, because we find that older people are being targeted, to make their elderly friends and relatives aware.”

If anyone has been a victim or has information about the incidents contact police on the non-emergency number 101.