Elderly Coventry widower loses life savings

An elderly widower has lost his life savings after a group targeted him at a cash machine in Coventry. Photo: ITV Central

An elderly widower has lost his life savings after a group targeted him at a cash machine in Coventry.

The 84-year-old victim was withdrawing cash outside Barclays Bank just after midday on 20th June on Walsgrave Road when he was approached by two women and a man.

Together they conned the elderly man into thinking his card had been retained by the machine, one of the women posed as a good Samaritan and escorted him into the bank to report the incident.

The two who remained outside the bank, stoke the card and used it to withdraw cash and went on to use the card at a local betting shop.

The victim who lost his wife to cancer a few years ago was alerted to the theft by bank staff.

CCTV images of the suspected thieves have been released by police in a bid to identify them.

Police say they have been led to believe the thieves have connections with Essex and may travel around the area.

PC Fiona Cremin said despite the theft happening in June police are determined to catch those responsible:

"Although the incident happened in June, we are determined to catch the despicable thieves who preyed on an elderly man.

"Understandably the victim is upset at losing his life savings but has said that if had been twenty years younger he would have chased the thieves himself. He is well known in the area and has been described as a lovely man.

– PC Fiona Cremin