Police warning on cash-point robbers

PUBLISHED: 14:23 07 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:43 06 May 2010

POLICE are urging Harpenden residents to be on their guard following an incident last week when a woman was accosted on the High Street by three strangers. Two men and a girl, all of Eastern European appearance, approached the woman last Wednesday when sh

POLICE are urging Harpenden residents to be on their guard following an incident last week when a woman was accosted on the High Street by three strangers.

Two men and a girl, all of Eastern European appearance, approached the woman last Wednesday when she was using the Barclay's Bank cash point. While the girl asked for directions, one of the men removed the victim's card from the machine, but returned it and fled the scene after the woman challenged him.

Sergeant Lewis Ducket from the Harpenden Neighbourhood Team said: "We would like to remind people to be on their guard when using cash points and to report any suspicious incidents immediately. Be aware of who is around you and do not talk to anyone until you have finished your transaction."

He added: "People should also be on their guard for pickpockets and purse dippers. The run up to Christmas is a busy time and these types of offenders will make the most of any opportunities".

Anyone with information about the Harpenden incident or any similar ones should contact the Harpenden Neighbourhood team on 01727 796127.

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