Pickpockets Prey On Kings Heath Pensioner

CCTV of two women suspected of pick-pocketing a pensioner has been released by officers.

The 82-year-old had just been to Lloyds TSB on Kings Heath High Street and withdrawn £450 of her life savings so that her granddaughter could buy a car.

The woman, also from Kings Heath, then went to catch the bus on Vicarage Road.

While at the stop, it is alleged that she was distracted after one of the women bumped into her, the other then managed to slip the envelope containing the cash from the pensioner’s handbag. 

It was only when the victim was on the bus and looked into her bag that she noticed the envelope was missing.

The crime happened at around 11.45am on Friday 9 November and the matter reported at Kings Heath police station, 45 minutes later. Investigating officer, PC Louise Copus, said: “As part of our investigation we have re-traced the victim’s footsteps and secured CCTV footage from the bank which shows two women who match the description of the offenders.

“We have released this today in a bid to identify the women and to warn others to be on their guard, particularly in the run-up to Christmas.”

Anyone who can name the women in the CCTV or tell officers where they live or socialise should call PC Copus on 101. Alternatively people who do not want to speak with police officers directly can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

For advice on staying safe when out, visit: www.safer-street.org