Money stolen after student left cash card in machine in Leeds train station

Police want to speak to this man about the theft at Leeds Station
Police want to speak to this man about the theft at Leeds Station

Police want to speak to this man after a student’s card left in an ATM was used to steal money from her account.

The 20-year-old woman was using a cash machine in Leeds railway station and requested a balance slip but then walked away from the cash point leaving her card in the machine.

PC Sam Bloomfield, from British Transport Police, said: “A man, who had been stood behind the victim in the queue for the cash point, withdrew £200 from her bank account and left with the card and cash.

“We would appeal for anyone who may recognise the man pictured or know his current whereabouts to contact police.”

Anyone with information about the theft, at around 5.30pm on Sunday, February 17, should call British Transport Police on 0800 405040 or CrimeStoppers on 0800 555111.

British Transport Police has issued advice to help people become victims of this kind of crime:

Always ensure that you cover your hand when typing in your pin.

Be aware of your surroundings. Do not be distracted when using an ATM or ticket machine.

Never use a ticket machine or ATM where other people are lingering. If you feel uneasy, use another machine.

Report confiscated cards immediately. If you can, don’t leave the machine. Instead, call the bank from the machine or ATM using a mobile phone.

Never rely on the help of strangers to retrieve a confiscated card.

Keep close tabs on your day-to-day account activity, and immediately report any fraudulent or suspicious withdrawals.