Two women sought after pensioner loses £1,000 cash in Wareham

Dorset Police have issued CCTV images of two women they would like to identify following a distraction theft in Wareham.

They’d also like anyone with more information about the incident that happened around 2.40 pm on Wednesday 7th September 2022, to contact them.

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CCTV images of women wanted in connection with Clipboard thefts in Wareham
Purbeck Police

CCTV image of the two women in Wareham that the police would like to identify

The women claimed to be acting on behalf of a charity

Officers say that a woman aged in her 70s went to her bank and withdrew £1,000 in cash.

A short time later she was approached by two women with a clipboard in North Street, who claimed to be acting on behalf of a charity.

It was reported that the woman gave a £5 donation and walked on, but a short time later realised an envelope containing the £1,000 cash was missing.

Police car in Dorset
Dorset Police

“I would like to urge people to remain vigilant”

Police constable Max Vallance of Purbeck Police said:

“We are carrying out enquiries into this theft and have obtained images of two women we would like to identify.

“I would ask anyone who recognises them, or has any information that might assist our investigation, to please come forward.

“Also, I would like to urge people to remain vigilant if they are approached in similar circumstances, particularly if they are carrying large sums of cash.”

Contact Dorset Police

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55220146795.

Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111.

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