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Thief buys champagne after conning Horsham pensioner

Security cameras captured a man buying champagne after tricking a Horsham pensioner into handing over her credit card.

The 78-year-old woman has lost about £7,500 after the man persuaded her to withdraw thousands of pounds from her bank account and to hand over the cash, her credit card and bank details to a courier who would visit her.

Security cameras at Sainsbury’s in Regents Place, Euston, London, show the man taking his shopping – including a bottle of Moet & Chandon Champagne – to the till area of the supermarket and then using the Horsham woman’s card to pay for it.

The 78-year-old victim was contacted at home by a man who claimed to be a police officer and said thieves were trying to withdraw money from the woman’s account at 2pm on 7 May.

He persuaded her to withdraw thousands of pounds from her bank account and to hand over the cash, her credit card and bank details to a courier who would visit her.

A man described as Asian and in his twenties turned up at her house and collected the card and cash.

The card was used at the Sainsbury’s in Euston to pay for more than £130 of shopping – including the Champagne – at 10.22pm on 7 May. To watch the video visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=su7NS5TJpgQ&feature=youtu.be.

Police are keen to speak to anyone who knows the man in the CCTV or where he could be.

Detective Constable Rees Hopcraft said: “In total the victim has lost about £7,500.

“We do not know if we are talking about one offender or a gang. They could be from Sussex but as the card was used in Euston they clearly have links to London as well.

“Crimes of this nature are despicable in that these criminals deliberately target the most vulnerable members of society and the elderly.

“I would urge anyone who recognises this man to contact us.”

Anyone with any information should email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 858 of 08/05, call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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