Footage of suspects in Barking distraction theft released

Police want to trace three people in relation to the theft

Metropolitan Police investigating a distraction theft have released CCTV footage of three suspects they want to trace.

At approximately 12pm on September, 16 2017, the victim – a 46-year-old woman – visited a NatWest Bank branch on East Street in Barking.

She joined the queue and another woman started a conversation with her.
CCTV revealed as this was happening, a man bent down and removed an envelope from her bag.

The woman and two men left the bank. The victim realised that an envelope containing £920 was missing when she reached the cashier.There have been no arrests.

Suspect one is described as an Asian woman, aged in her 20s with long straight brown hair. She was wearing a grey beanie hat, grey top, grey tracksuit trousers and black shoes.

Suspect two is a man of eastern European appearance, aged in his 30s, with short black hair and a short black beard. He was wearing a cream-coloured T-shirt, blue jeans and blue trainers with white soles.

Suspect three is an Asian man, aged is his 30s, with receding short dark hair. He was wearing a black baseball cap, a dark-coloured body warmer, grey tracksuit trousers and white trainers.

Anyone who can assist contact East Area Command via 101 or Crimestoppers.


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