Crime Caught on Camera: Woman Falls Victim to a ‘Distraction Theft’ in London Bank

January 25, 2018 Last Updated: January 25, 2018

CCTV footage released by the Metropolitan Police shows the moment a woman falls victim to a “distraction theft” as she joins the line at a bank in east London.

It was only when the 46-year-old woman reached the cashier that she realised an envelope containing £920 ($1,300) was missing from her bag.

Police constable Matthew Trenfield-Brown said, “This was a devious theft where the victim appears to have been targeted and fallen victim to a planned distraction theft, with three people seemingly working together to commit the offence.

“We are appealing for any information as to the identity of these three suspects.”

Suspect One is described as an Asian woman, aged in her 20s with long straight brown hair. She was wearing a grey beanie hat, grey top, grey tracksuit trousers, and black shoes.

Suspect Two is a man of Eastern European appearance, aged in his 30s, with short black hair and a short black beard. He was wearing a cream-coloured T-shirt, blue jeans, and blue trainers with white soles.

Suspect Three is an Asian man, aged in his 30s, with receding short dark hair. He was wearing a black baseball cap, a dark-coloured body warmer, grey tracksuit trousers, and white trainers.