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Appeal to identify man following fraud

News   •   Feb 27, 2018 06:00 GMT

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Detectives in Barnet are appealing for information following a series of fraudulent transactions on a stolen credit card.

Just before 05:00hrs on 19 November 2017, a stolen bank card was used at a mini-market on Lordship Lane in Wood Green and at a cashpoint machine on High Road.

Later the same day, just before 17:00hrs, the same card was used in a jeweller's in Brent Cross Shopping centre, a perfumery and a stationary shop. Goods worth over £4,000 were purchased.

CCTV cameras caught an image of the same suspect on several occasions whilst making the transactions.

He is described as a white man, with short black hair wearing large dark rimmed glasses. He also wore a black jacket over a dark shirt, dark jeans and white trainers.

The credit card is believed to have been stolen from the victim in the early hours of 19 November as he was in a club in Chelsea.

Anyone with information is asked to call Barnet CID on 020 8733 5808 or the police non-emergency line on 101 or anonymously on Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 or by Tweeting @MetCC

Pickpockets are known to operate in bars and shops, where people are more likely to be standing still, distracted and so paying less attention to their belongings, making them an easier target. Be more aware of your surroundings as it’s easy for thieves to brush past people, take items and blend into the crowd.

We know it’s not always easy but we strongly advise people to take care when using ATMs or using bank cards to pay for items. Thieves will try to watch as you key in your PIN or distract you. Be vigilant and cover your PIN and keep an eye on your card at all times.

Further crime prevention advice can be found via our website