Police have issued this image of a woman they are keen to speak to in connection with a burglary at a doctors’ surgery in the Warmley area which resulted in bank cards being stolen and £16,500 fraudulently withdrawn.
On Thursday 6th February a handbag containing bank cards was stolen unbeknown to its owner from within the unnamed surgery between 10.45am and 11.10am. At approximately 2pm that day, the victim was called by a man, claiming to be a member of banking staff and saying the victim’s bank cards had been stolen.
He persuaded the victim to release confidential pin codes, saying it was in order for the victim’s bank cards to be cancelled and to prevent any money being stolen. Within an hour of the call approximately £16,500 was fraudulently withdrawn from the victim’s bank accounts at various locations in Bristol.
An Avon & Somerset police spokesman said: “We are appealing for the woman in these CCTV images, or anyone who recognises her, to contact Bristol CID as part of our investigation.
“You can call the force non-emergency incident number 101 quoting crime reference 12844/14 or alternatively you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They will never ask your name or trace your call.”
People are being urged not to leave their valuables unattended in any location where the public can gain easy access. For more information about how to protect yourself from fraud visit www.actionfraud.police.uk/