An elderly man was the victim of a distraction theft after money in his car was stolen while he helped someone with directions.
It happened close to Newbury town centre at around 2pm last Tuesday, July 4.
The man had withdrawn a quantity of cash before returning to his car, which was parked outside the Salvation Army shop and The Little Bears Nursery in Northcroft Lane.
He had placed the money on the passenger seat, when a woman holding a map knocked on the driver’s side window of the car asking for directions.
The victim opened his car door to speak to her, and two other men came over and joined the woman.
After speaking with them they walked away in the direction of Northbrook Street, and soon after the victim realised the money had been stolen.
The woman was Asian, in her 50s, about 5ft 8ins tall and of average build. She was wearing colourful clothing including a headscarf and a shawl across her shoulders, and spoke with a foreign accent.
The first man was white, in his 40s, slim, unshaven, and also about 5ft 8ins tall. He was scruffy and was wearing a blue baseball cap and dark blue clothing.
And the second man was also described as white and in his 40s, and was of stocky build. He was wearing a brown trilby style hat and had a yellow pullover draped over his shoulders.
Investigating officer PC Iain Smith, based at Newbury police station, said: “I would like to speak to anyone who thinks they may have witnessed this incident or seen the people described in this area around this time.
“I would urge anyone who has any information, no matter how small, to contact me.”
Call police on 101, quoting reference number 43170196058.