Police identify 'pickpocket' suspects who targeted 93-year-old woman

Police are looking to trace one man and two women in connection with the crime Credit: PA

Police have identified suspects who they believe stole a large sum of money from a 93-year-old woman in Dumfries town centre on Saturday.

The elderly woman, who was in a wheelchair, was accompanied by another woman and both were shopping when the theft happened.

At around 11.30 the woman withdrew the cash from a town centre bank.

Police officers in Dumfries have studied CCTV images across the town centre and in shops to determine whether she was followed by three people from the bank to the point where the incident happened.

They are now looking to trace one man and two women in connection with the 'despicable' crime.

The man is described as being around 35 to 40 years old, with close cropped hair and a moustache.

He was wearing a black jacket and blue jeans which had rips on the front.

The first woman is described as being in her 30s, around 5'5" tall, with blonde short hair swept to the side. She was wearing a 3/4 length puffer style jacket.

The second woman also described as being in her 30s, and was wearing a 3/4 length olive green puffer style jacket and a dark hat.

Constable Alistair Hope in Dumfries said:

I would like to remind the public to be extra cautious, especially at this time of year when they might be carrying more money than usual. Be alert to anyone getting too close to you, or who seem to be taking a particular interest in those using local banks, building societies or cash machines. If you have to carry a large amount of money then split it between different pockets and bags. We still have a number of purse bells available which when attached to a purse can raise the alarm should someone try to steal it, and these can be obtained at Loreburn Street Police Office.

Constable Alistair Hope, Dumfries

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101.