Robbers who sneaked into hotel rooms and stole bank cards before withdrawing cash from victims’ accounts are still being hunted by police - four months after the thefts.
Police believe robberies at a central Luton hotel are connected with crimes being committed by an organised gang in the West Midlands.
On February 9, three different rooms were broken into by someone who stole bank cards and other forms of identification from the victims.
The following day, the victims received phone calls from someone claiming to be from their bank alerting them to suspicious activity on their cards.
The person on the phone managed to ask ‘security questions’ before trying to persuade the victim to hand over their pin and security numbers.
Once successful, large amounts of cash were withdrawn from the accounts before the cards were cancelled.
Detective Constable Mike Robinson said: “These offences appear to have been carried out by a well organised gang who preyed on unsuspecting victims who were just passing through Luton.
“Their ruse was convincing enough for security numbers to be handed over and large amounts of cash were stolen before the victim was able to do anything.
“We have been working with our colleagues in the Midlands to try and identify these criminals who were withdrawing cash in Wolverhampton and Coventry but I would like to hear from anyone else who may have been a victim of these robberies.
“I’d also like to hear from anyone else who was staying at the hotel back in February and may have witnessed anything suspicious – even the smallest piece of information could be useful.”
If you have information contact DC Robinson, in confidence, on 01582 473326.
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