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Warning after woman steals from cashpoint customers
Wednesday 16th September, 2009

Police are hunting a woman who pretends to be deaf without speech to steal money from cash machine customers.

The woman, who has been targeting people using ATMs in Wigan and Leigh, first approaches the customer, which are elderly in most cases.

She then holds a clipboard or a newspaper, which she shows to the customer while gesturing for their help in some way.

She then covers the cash machine screen with the clipboard and grabs the money as it is ejected from the machine.

The woman has struck four times in the last three weeks outside the Royal Bank of Scotland on Market Place, Wigan, and Lloyds TSB, Ellesmere Street, Leigh.

It is believed she may have targeted other banks in the Wigan and Leigh area.

The distraction thief is described as Asian or Oriental, aged 19 or 20, 5ft 6in tall, with shoulder-length black hair.

Anyone approached by this woman, or who recognizes the description, is asked to call Wigan Public Service Team on 0161 856 7040 or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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