A CCTV image, shown above, has been released by officers investigating the theft of a bank card from a pensioner in Maidstone.

The card was reported stolen after a man in his 80s was distracted at a car park in Fremlin Walk. The theft happened at 11.30am on Wednesday 2 March 2022, before the suspect then used it to make several purchases at shops in the town centre.

Shops urged to check CCTV

Inspector Steve Kent, of Maidstone’s Community Safety Unit, said: ‘The victim was approached by a man who asked for assistance with paying a car parking fee. It is thought the victim was then observed entering his PIN at a pay machine and later discovered his card was missing. ‘We are releasing a CCTV image of a man, described as being black and in distinctive clothing, who may be able to assist us with our enquiries. Whilst his face is hidden, we are appealing to businesses to check for CCTV which may provide further details or show his face without a mask. ‘We are also asking drivers with dashcam who may have used this car park to check for any important footage.’

Can you help?

Anyone with information should contact Kent Police on 01622 604100, quoting crime reference number 46/40239/22.

You can also contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, by calling 0800 555111 or using the anonymous online form.

By Ed

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