Thieves distracted shoppers to steal cards and withdraw cash

Police are searching for a missing man
Police are searching for a missing man

Police are investigating incidents in Sleaford and Lincoln where shoppers have had their credit/debit cards stolen and used to to withdraw cash.

Yesterday (Wednesday July 8) a man stood behind customers in Sainsbury’s and Tesco in Sleaford to obtain their PIN while they paid for goods. These customers were then distracted at their cars by another man asking directions to the hospital and other locations.

A police spokesman said while the customers were distracted the first man got into their cars and took the customer’s card from their handbags. Shortly afterwards the cards were used to make large cash withdrawals from nearby ATM machines before the owner realised their card had been taken.

The spokesman said: “The first man is described as swarthy, 25-30 years old, about 5’8” tall, dark hair, slim build and smartly dressed. The second man is described as olive skinned, late 40s to early 50s, about 5’9” tall and stocky build with stubble. Both men spoke with noticeable eastern European accents.

The afternoon befire (Tuesday the same man was standing behind customers in Waitrose, Lincoln watching them input their PIN numbers as they paid for their shopping. When challenged by staff he left.

People are asked to be vigilant when using their debit/credit cards and to vigorously shield their PIN as they enter it. Report any similar suspicious activity to Lincolnshire Police by calling 101. If you have any suspicions when in store, alert staff.