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Man wanted in connection with 'distraction thefts'

This man is wanted by police in connection with a series of 'distraction thefts' that have taken place in the east Somerset area.

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In all the incidents, elderly people are followed by a man and a woman, who observe them at cashpoints to get their PIN numbers, and later distract them, in order to steal their wallet or purse.

Police say their urging the public to be vigilant and help elderly relatives understand how the thieves are operating.

This was a series of incidents in which a man and woman worked together to distract and steal from vulnerable and elderly victims.

We know of similar incidents elsewhere in the country and it’s entirely possible the two offenders are not from our area.

We’ve obtained a CCTV image of a man we’d like to speak to about the offences so I’d ask anyone who recognises him to come forward.

– Tony Salisbury, Avon and somerset force

Advice on how to protect yourself from distraction thefts can be found here.

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