89-year-old-man has a large quantity of cash stolen in Erdington

Police are appealing for information after an 89-year-old man had a large quantity of cash stolen on Erdington High Street at around 10.30am on Thursday 22 November.

The man had withdrawn cash from a bank before returning to his car which had been blocked in by another vehicle. Two men and a woman approached him and grabbed the bag of money out of his hand before making off.

There have been three similar thefts in Birmingham City Centre in the last week where victims are suspected of being watched while they visit cash points. The victims were discreetly followed before being pickpocketed at either a cafe or shop.

#REAPPEAL | Officers are appealing for information after an 89-year-old man had a large quantity of cash stolen on #Erdington High Street at around 10.30am on Thursday 22 November.The man had withdrawn cash from a bank before returning to his car which had been blocked in by another vehicle. Two men and a woman approached him and grabbed the bag of money out of his hand before making off.There have been three similar thefts in Birmingham city centre in the last week where victims are suspected of being watched while they visit cash points. The victims were discreetly followed before being pickpocketed at either a cafe or shop.Officers have visited banks and building societies to warn about the crimes and highlight any suspicious activity to police. Meanwhile regular uniformed and plain clothed patrols are taking place in the city.Sergeant Julia Slater, from Birmingham police, said: "We believe these people have been observing customers and those who are withdrawing large amounts of cash."They watch to see where the money is put and then follow their unsuspecting target before striking when they least expect it."We urge people to be alert to who is around them – particularly when drawing out significant amounts of cash and then think about their movements.We will not tolerate pickpocketing and would urge anyone who has been a victim and not come forward to get in touch to help us catch those responsible.Contact us via Live Chat at www.west-midlands.police.uk 8am- midnight or call 101 anytime. Please quote crime number 20BE/272137L/18.

Posted by Birmingham Police on Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Officers have visited banks and building societies to warn about the crimes and highlight any suspicious activity to police. Meanwhile regular uniformed and plain clothed patrols are taking place in the city.

Sergeant Julia Slater, from Birmingham police, said: “We believe these people have been observing customers and those who are withdrawing large amounts of cash.

“They watch to see where the money is put and then follow their unsuspecting target before striking when they least expect it.”

Police are urging members of the public to be alert to who is around them, particularly when drawing out significant amounts of cash and then think about their movements.

If you’ve been a victim of pickpocketing and haven’t reported it already please do, information you provide could help put criminals behind bars.

If you have any information on the individuals on the video above you can contact the police via Live Chat on the West Midlands Police website between 8am- midnight or call 101 anytime. Please quote crime number 20BE/272137L/18.