Cashpoint women 'stole OAP's purse' in Burnley
TWO women are being hunted by police after hundreds of pounds was stolen from a pensioner in a Burnley shop.
The 76-year-old was said to be left ‘shaken’ by the incident which saw the offenders stalk the victim through the town centre and take her purse from a shopping trolley.
The women then withdrew a further £150 from a cash machine having earlier watched the victim enter her personal identification number.
The black leather purse contained £330 a bus pass and various important cards.
The theft took place at around 3.40pm on August 12 when the victim was browsing in Topshop in St James’ Street.
CCTV footage has been issued by Lancashire police which shows the alleged thieves using the woman’s bank card at a cash machine in the town centre.
A spokeswoman for Lancashire police said: “We believe the victim has been watched as she drew out cash from an ATM in Burney town centre.
“She’s then put her money away and into her trolley but at some stage whilst in the shop her trolley has fallen over and a woman has picked it up and returned it to her, at which point the victim believes the theft has taken place.
“A few minutes later the same ATM machine has been used to take £150 out of the victim’s account.
“The victim has been left shaken up by the incident and we are appealing to anybody that recognises either of the women pictured in the CCTV images to contact PC Nagina Ahmed at Lancashire Police on 101.”
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