Elderly Man Robbed Of Wallet In Bolton

An elderly man had his wallet stolen during a distraction robbery in Bolton.

Police have released the images of two people they want to speak to in connection with the incident.

The victim, a man in his 80s, was befriended by an unknown man and woman on a bus after visiting Bolton town centre on Saturday 8 December 2018.

Between 10am and 10.30am he alighted a bus on Chorley Old Road, Bolton, close to McDonalds.

The man and woman followed him and it is believed they engaged him in conversation before his wallet was stolen.

An attempt was later made to withdraw £500 on the man’s bank card, but was declined by the bank.

Police have now issued images of two people they want to speak to in connection with the incident.

Constable Emma Crowe of GMP’s Bolton Division said: “The mind boggles at the kind of person that would do this to an elderly member of the community.

“Whoever is responsible has cynically targeted someone whom they knew to be vulnerable, before robbing them and trying to withdraw their cash.

“Thankfully, the transaction was declined, but the psychological impact of this kind of crime should not be underestimated.

“We’ve released images of two people who we think have important information on this crime.

“Do you recognise them, or do you have information that can assist our enquiries? If so, please contact police immediately.”

Police can be contacted on 0161 856 5761 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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