93-year-old D-Day veteran has life savings stolen: Police release CCTV images

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Thieves took the life savings of a 93-year-old D-Day veteran after stealing his bank card in Hemel Hempstead last week.

The victim used his card at a cash point to withdraw a small amount of money in the town centre, at around 10.45am on Wednesday, August 5.

D Day life-savings theft: CCTV images from Herts Police

D Day life-savings theft: CCTV images from Herts Police

However a female watched him and it is believed she noted the man’s pin number. The victim then returned to the Water Gardens North Car Park where he was approached by a male and female who distracted him, stating he had tomato ketchup on his jacket.

They then stole his wallet from his jacket and then went to Barclays Bank to withdraw £2,200 from his account.

Police have released CCTV images of a man and woman they wish to speak with as part of their enquiries.

PCSO James Cook said: “The man was a D-Day veteran who was taken advantage of and had his life savings stolen.

“I would like to advise people to take extra caution whilst in the town centre, and make sure all their valuables, including wallets and purses, are secure.

“Be aware of people around you when using cash points, especially when putting your PIN number in.”

Anyone who recognises the man or woman, or has any other information about the theft, should contact PCSO James Cook and PC Johanna Miles via Hertfordshire Constabulary’s non-emergency number 101 or 01442 271641, quoting crime reference D1/15/5098.

If you have any information about this incident you can contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.