West Midlands Police have released CCTV footage of one of the most disgusting crimes imaginable, these are possibly the most audacious and callous criminals that West Midlands Police have come across.
The crystal clear footage shows two distraction thieves stealing Christmas money from an elderly couple in broad daylight in Coventry.
Released in a bid to identify the suspects, it shows one of the men asking the husband for directions while another man lurks in the background, before stealing the wife’s wallet from her handbag.
The thieves − who had followed the couple around the bank and seen them withdraw £700 − stole the money on 25 November as the pair put their shopping in their car parked on Thamley Road.
This was a well-planned theft in which the suspects coldly and deliberately targeted the elderly couple.
Not only did they follow them in the bank, but they also shadowed them as they carried out their shopping − waiting for the right time to pounce.
The couple had withdrawn the money for Christmas presents for their family and thankfully, in the spirit of the festive season, the bank has refunded them all the cash.
We will not rest until these despicable thieves are identified and brought to justice. We have carried out numerous inquiries in the area and checked police systems to try and identify the suspects, but now we need YOUR help to trace them.
Anyone who knows the identity of the men in the CCTV can call police on 101, or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
We’d also like to urge people to be on their guard against such tactics and if a stranger approaches you in the street, make sure you keep an eye on your belongings and report any suspicious activity to police.