Police issue warning following ‘distraction thefts’

Greater Manchester Police have issued a warning to members of the public following ‘distraction thefts’ in Ashton-under-Lyne.

GMP advising the public to be aware when using ATM’s

A man had cash stolen during a distraction theft at an ATM.

Over two days, a man and a woman were distracted by the offender at the machine on The Arcades in Ashton town centre.

At about 4pm on Thursday 18 January a man, believed to be in his 40s or 50s, was withdrawing cash from the machine when the offender began chatting to him. The thief then snatched the victim’s cash before running away.

On Friday 26 January at about 5.55pm, a woman believed to be in her mid 20s to 30s, was at the machine when the offender tried to befriend her.

He then attempted to take the money she was withdrawing but she blocked him. The thief then made off empty handed.

Officers are continuing to investigate the incidents but believe the victims have not yet come forward to police to report it.

PC Stuart Biddle from GMP’s Tameside borough said: “We are really keen to speak to anyone who recognises these incidents but haven’t yet spoken to police.

“We’ve carried out a number of enquiries, particularly with the bank and ATM providers, and will continue to do so.

“If you have any information, or saw something suspicious on either of those days, please contact us.”

Information can be passed on by calling police on 101 quoting incident number 792 of 19 January 2018.

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