Thieves steal Rugby woman’s bank card and withdraw ‘substantial amount’ in distraction theft

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A shopper had her bank card stolen from her handbag during a distraction theft in Rugby.

The victim was shopping at Lidl, off Bilton Road, on Wednesday September 9 at around 11.30am, when a man stopped her as she returned to her car.

He asked her for directions to the Post Office and gave her a pen and paper to draw him a map.

While she was distracted, the man began speaking to somebody in a foreign language through a headset.

During this time it is thought an an unknown accomplice had entered her vehicle, stolen the victim’s bank card but left her bag.

A substantial amount of money was taken from her account.

Similar incidents have also been reported in Nuneaton and Hereford and police are now appealing for any information.

The man who approached the victim is described as clean shaven, in his late 20s to early 30s, with short black hair and over 6ft.

He is believed to have worn navy jeans, black trainers, a pale shirt and a navy sports jacket with pale cream elbow patches, pocket and collars.

He is thought to have a foreign accent but speaks very good English.

Anyone with any information about the incident should call Warwickshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 217 of 9th September.