16th Sep, 2019

Police release picture of man they want to speak to after 'car crash scam' near Bromsgrove's Morrisons

Tristan Harris 28th Jan, 2019 Updated: 29th Jan, 2019

BROMSGROVE Police have issued this picture of a man wanted in connection with trying to scam a driver in his 80s out of £600 following an incident at the town’s Morrisons last week.

The incident happened around 3.45pm on Monday, January 21, on Buntsford Hill when the pensioner drove past a parked car and heard a loud bang.

The man standing by the car ran after the victim’s vehicle and shouted for him to stop.

He pulled over and got out and when he went over to the car, which was on foreign registration plates, found it had substantial damage to the side and wing mirror.

He checked his own car and there was not a mark on it which aroused suspicion.

But the two fraudsters who had foreign accents – one’s English was better than the other’s – convinced him to pay £600 for the damage.

The three of them went to the cash point at Morrisons and the man withdrew £500, the maximum it would allow, and offered it to the pair.

They refused to accept it and said they would accompany him to Bromsgrove town centre so he could go to the bank.

After parking up in Windsor Street, the pensioner and the two fraudsters went to Lloyds which was just about to close.

When the man went into the bank the staff there got suspicious and the plot was foiled, forcing the two con-men to flee the scene.

Witnesses or anyone with any information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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