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help find offenders who £1000 stole from pensioner’s handbag in lift

Can you help find brazen pickpockets who steal £1000 of a pensioner’s savings from her handbag as she stands in a shopping centre lift.

The 69-year-old had withdrawn the cash from Lloyds Bank account in Ilford, east London, on July 26, the Metropolitan Police said.

However, footage has only been released today December 26th 2017, which shows the woman entering a lift in the Exchange Shopping Mall on High Road at 11.50am, tailed by two men and a woman, as she went to her daughter’s car in the car park.

The two men divert her attention by pressing a different floor button and then talk to her about the buttons they’ve pressed.

While behind her a woman aborts an effort to reach into her bag before again attempting to and succeeding to grab the £1000.

 

The female suspect rummages through her belongings for several seconds before the group exit the lift together.

The victim returned to her car and then noticed the money was missing, Now detectives have released the images and a set of descriptions in an attempt to catch the criminals.

The woman is white, in her 40s, with long dyed white hair, police said. She was pictured wearing a black leather jacket over a black and white chequered top, along with bleached blue jeans with holes in the knees, and black shoes.

Both male suspects were said to be Eastern European men, one in his 40s, the other in his 30s.

The older man had receding short dark hair and wore a grey suit jacket over a black top, blue jeans and blue trainers with white soles, along with black rimmed glasses on his head, police said.

The younger man had short black hair and wore a green jacket, blue jeans and blue trainers with white laces.

Pc Carl Repper said: “We are appealing for any information as to the identity of these three suspects. The victim has lost a large amount of her savings as a result of her ordeal.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact East Area Command via 101 or by Tweeting @MetCC.

To give information anonymously they can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org

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