This is the moment a gang of distraction thieves grabbed an envelope containing £920 from a woman while she was queuing at a NatWest bank in a 'devious' crime caught on CCTV.
The victim, 46, was waiting at the branch in East Street, Barking, while a woman in her 20s engaged her in conversation as an accomplice bent down and removed the package from her bag.
The pair are then seen leaving the bank with another man in security camera footage taken just after midday on September 16, 2017.
The victim, 46,(middle, in turquoise) was waiting at the branch in East Street, Barking, while a woman in her 20s(left) engaged her in conversation as an accomplice(right) bent down and removed the package from her bag
The man who took the envelope from the bag is described by Scotland Yard as being in his 30s and of Eastern European appearance, with short black hair and a trimmed black beard.
He was wearing a cream-coloured T-shirt, blue jeans and blue trainers with white soles.
The woman who distracted