Police are hunting for a thief who stole bank cards from a gym locker, made withdrawals of more than £6,000, then rang the victim to make an 'appointment' to go to a police station saying a thief had been caught.
The theft happened at a gym on Shady Lane in Great Barr at around midday on September 9, with a wallet containing the cards and an Omega De Ville watch worth over £2,000 taken.
The 41-year-old victim, who's from Four Oaks in Birmingham, realised he'd been robbed when a member of staff told him his wallet had been stolen and that his bank had called the gym and was on the phone.
The caller claimed to be from Barclays, who then instructed the victim to cancel all of his other cards and go to Sutton Police station just before 3pm, as officers supposedly had an offender in custody.
But when the 41-year-old arrived he realised he had been duped, with the police completely unaware of any of it.
He rang his banks to find a total of £6,000 had been stolen from six different accounts, with withdrawals made from cash points and banks in Dudley and Wednesbury.
Police have issued this CCTV image of a man taken inside the Wednesbury branch of Barclays on the day of the theft.
They are appealing for anyone who might recognise him to contact them.
Investigating officer, PC Mark Shorthouse, said:
"This is a truly bizarre case where a crook has broken into a locker, stolen a wallet and then called the victim while he was working out to tell him that his cards were stolen and that he needed to go to the police station.
"We’ve been working hard to find the offender and have managed to secure CCTV footage taken from a camera inside the Wednesbury branch of Barclays where a man used one of the stolen cards to withdraw £2,700.
Anyone who can name the man in the CCTV is urged to call PC Shorthouse at Birmingham Central police station on 101.
Alternatively, people can leave information anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.