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Thieves distracted a man in his 80s before swiping his bank cards and going on an £11,000 spending spree.
Now police are keen to find the pair pictured here, following the theft on March 8.
The man told officers he was approached by a couple at the tills of Morrisons supermarket in Sutton Road, Maidstone.
They said he had dropped £10, and then asked if he could provide directions to Maidstone Hospital, as the woman was going to see her mother.
The man later realised his bank cards were missing and more than £11,000 had been spent.
Detectives now want to speak to the man and woman, to see if they can help with their investigation.
"I would ask members of the public to be really vigilant to this type of activity" - DC Claire Beckett
DC Claire Beckett said: "There are a number of techniques that people use to distract others; currently the three main methods are telling someone they have dropped money; offering to help put shopping in the boot; and claiming that the victim has a nail stuck in the tyre of their car.
"I would ask members of the public to be really vigilant to this type of activity, or seeing elderly people being approached in car parks, and to report any suspicious activity to police.’
Anyone with any information should contact DC Beckett at Maidstone police station by calling 01622 604336.
Alternatively, contact Kent Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, quoting crime reference SI/YY/1018/14.
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