CCTV images of suspects in £50,000 scam on 90-year-old woman

CCTV image of man in Midland Road shop, Bedford.

CCTV image of man in Midland Road shop, Bedford.

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The photos of two men captured on CCTV in a shop on Midland Road are believed to be connected to the scam of an elderly woman, writes Joel Course.

Dectectives investigating the scam which exploited nearly £50,000 from a 90 year old woman, believe that the images of two males taken in Bedford could be strongly connected to the crime.

CCTV image of man in Midland Road shop, Bedford.

CCTV image of man in Midland Road shop, Bedford.

The scam occurred on September 23 when a 90 year old woman from Welwyn Garden City received several telephone calls from a man claiming to be a police officer. He convinced the woman to make a number of purchases of high value goods in Welwyn Garden City and later in London.

The woman bought a mobile phone, an iPad and a Playstation in the town, before then travelling to London where she bought two watches in Selfridges. All of these items were handed over to a man outside of the shop in London who identified himself as a police officer. The woman lost nearly £50,000 to the offenders.

The mobile phone that was handed over by the woman is believed to have been topped up in a convenince store in Midland Road, Bedford.

Detectives investigating the scam which targeted the elderly woman in Welwyn Garden City are releasing CCTV images taken from the store. The images are of two men the police wish to speak with in connection with the incident.

Detective Constable Mark Cotte is investigating and said: “The two men pictured are believed to have been in the store around the time the phone was topped up and so we would like to speak with them as they may be able to assist our investigation.

“Anyone who recognises the men, or has any other information about this incident, should contact me straight away via Hertfordshire Constabulary’s non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference B1/14/2834. Alternatively people can call Crimestoppers, the independent charity, anonymously on 0800 555 111.”