Theft at Bishop's Park Tesco cashpoint: Police release CCTV image in appeal for information
Police investigating an incident at a Bishop's Stortford supermarket's cashpoint in which a woman had £300 stolen have issued a CCTV image of a man they want to identify.
On Thursday January 16 at about 10am, the victim was withdrawing money from a cash machine at Tesco on Bishop's Park when she was approached by a man who told her the transaction had been cancelled.
The woman later phoned her bank and was told that £300 had been taken from her account.
The CCTV image shows a man with his face partially masked. He was described as 5ft 6in to 5ft 9in tall and of medium build. He wore a black top, black trainers and jeans.
PCSO Lucy Minns, of the Bishop’s Stortford Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Understandably, the victim has been left extremely distressed by the incident, as well as being left out of pocket.
"If you were in the area around the time specified and believe you may have witnessed someone behaving suspiciously, please get in contact. If you recognise the man pictured, please let us know as we believe he may have information which could help us with our enquiries.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to remind people to always be mindful when using cashpoints. Make sure you’re aware of anyone who may be around you. Remember to always shield your hand when typing your PIN into the keypad and always check the card insertion point of the machines before using them.
“Most importantly, if you see someone behaving suspiciously around a cashpoint or have reason to believe a cashpoint has been tampered with, please report it to us as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Minns directly via email at Lucy.Minns@herts.pnn.police.uk.
You can report information online at herts.police.uk/report, speak to an operator in Hertfordshire Constabulary's force communications room via a webchat at herts.police.uk/contact or call 101, quoting reference 41/4850/20. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or report information online at crimestoppers-uk.org.
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