Police in York are appealing for information following two thefts of bank cards from customers using cash points.
The first incident occurred on Parliament Street in the city centre at around 3.30pm on Sunday 10 July 2011. A man using an ATM had his card stolen by two other men who claimed they had lost their own card. Later that day the victim's card was used to withdraw a large amount of money.
The only description of the offenders is that they are between 5ft 6in and 5ft 10in tall with slim builds, black hair and dark complexions.
The second theft took place when three men distracted a woman who was using an ATM at the south entrance of the McArthurGlen Shopping Centre at approximately 4.25pm the same day, Sunday 10 July, before stealing her bank card.
Two of the suspects have slim builds and the third man is described as stocky. All three men have black hair and dark complexions. At the time of the theft they were all wearing hooded tops, baseball caps and trainers. The two men with slim builds were wearing jeans. The stocky man was wearing three quarter length combat-style trousers.
Jim Allen, an investigator in the Crime Management Unit at York, said: "We do not know if these two incidents are linked. However, as the descriptions of the suspects is similar, as is the way in which they distracted their victims, a link cannot be ruled out.
"Anyone who can help to identify the offenders involved is asked to contact the police straight away.
"Officers would also like to speak to people who these men may have tried to distract in order to steal their bank cards to come forward, even if the men did not manage to get away with anything."
He added: "I urge people to be alert when they are using a cash machine to ensure that they don't let anyone who may be stood near them to see them entering the PIN code and that don't allow themselves to be distracted."
If you can assist with this investigation please contact the Crime Management Unit at York on 0845 60 60 24 7 quoting reference number 12110114373, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
4.02pm - 15 July 2011