On the afternoon of Sunday 19 July the man (pictured) approached a woman on Tesco car park, Trent Vale, Stoke-on-Trent and distracted her by asking for directions.

Theft/fraud suspect CCTV
Theft/fraud suspect CCTV

The 76-year-old was later alerted to possible fraudulant activity by her bank and discovered her bank cards had been stolen.

Her cards had been used to buy a £1,000 watch from Beaverbrooks in Hanley and cash withdrawals from two ATM’s totalling almost £500.

The man is described as having olive skin and speaking with an Italian-sounding accent.

He is 5ft 10in tall, with a slim build, short dark hair and aged in his late 20s. The man was wearing dark-coloured clothing.

Anyone who recognises this man is asked to contact PC Scott Buckley at Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident 473 of July 24, or the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their anonymous online report form at No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.