Gosport pensioner has £1,250 stolen after wallet theft

CCTV The suspect at the cash machine at Asda in Dock Road
CCTV The suspect at the cash machine at Asda in Dock Road

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THIEVES stole £1,250 from a pensioner after taking his wallet as he shopped in a supermarket.

The 84-year-old was in the Gosport branch of Morrisons, in Walpole Road, when two men stood by him.

One of them started a conversation with him before they both walked off at about 12pm on Wednesday.

The elderly man got to the checkout and found his wallet, which contained £250 in cash, was missing from his front coat pocket.

When he then went to the bank to cancel his cards, it emerged £1,000 had been taken from his account at the Natwest cashpoint at the nearby Asda supermarket in Dock Road at around 12.15pm.

Police have now released this CCTV image of one of the suspects in a bid to find them.

PC Terence Burke, from the Gosport targeted patrol team, said: ‘This is a despicable crime targeting an elderly gentleman while doing his shopping.

‘Unfortunately the man had his PIN details in his wallet. I’d like to remind people to always keep them separate from your cards and to carry wallets and purses in an inside pocket.’

The suspect is white, 6ft tall and aged in his mid-20s. He had short dark hair, was slim, and wore a green zip-up jacket with a white fur trim hood.

He spoke with a foreign accent. The other man was of a similar description but wore dark clothes.

Information to PC Burke on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.