Police are investigating a distraction theft are warning people to be vigilant when using cash machines following an incident in Gloucester last week.

On Wednesday 24 October the victim had visited her bank on Eastgate Street and then walked to a nearby store to do some shopping where she was approached by an unknown man. He asked for clothing advice which she gave.

The woman, aged in her 60s, left the store a short time later and returned home via bus. However once home she saw the same man stood nearby who then asked her for a glass of water. The man entered the woman’s home and was there for a few minutes before leaving.

Later that afternoon the victim was notified by her bank that her account was overdrawn as two withdrawals of hundreds of pounds had been made that day. When she then checked her purse her bank card was missing.

Officers investigating this incident are asking people to please remain vigilant following this suspicious behaviour which resulted in the theft of a bank card. It is believed the man tried to distract the victim in the store after she had been to the bank and when he failed to do so, has followed her home.

The man is described as a white male, of a medium build, 5ft 6 to 8 ins tall, with brown hair and had stubble. He was wearing a beige jacket, blue jeans and brown shoes.

Police are urging people to make their family, friends and neighbours aware of this type of distraction theft and to be wary of who is around you when using a cash machine. Advice on how to help prevent yourself falling victim to this crime can be found on our website (pages linked below).

Anyone with information about this incident, or who recognises the description of the man, is asked to call police on 101 and quote incident 334 of 24 October.

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