An elderly woman has been robbed in Hartlepool after withdrawing a large amount cash from the bank.
Police are appealing for information after the 65-year-old woman was robbed at 12:28pm yesterday, Thursday December 17, after taking out money from the Yorkshire Bank on York Road in Hartlepool.
As she left the bank, she was followed by three unknown men who police believe may have been watching her in the bank.
They all followed her round the Middleton Grange shopping centre and approached her as she sat down in BHS to try on a pair of shoes, placing the bag next to her.
One of the men who was wearing a cream jacket, approached the victim and spoke to her and in the meantime, another one of the men, who was wearing a black coat, dipped into her handbag and stole the cash.
The three men then walked out of the store.
The first man is described as slim build, with short cropped hair with an Eastern European appearance and a foreign accent. He was wearing a cream padded jacket with blue jeans.
The second man was of stocky build, with short cropped black hair with a widow’s peak and he was also of Eastern European appearance with a foreign accent. He was wearing a black coat, cream scarf and light blue jeans and black shoes.
The third man was of medium build with short cropped receding black hair and of Eastern European appearance with a foreign accent. He was wearing a black coat and blue jeans.
Police are appealing for anyone with information or anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact PC Simon Lowther on the non-emergency 101 number, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.