Updated: Aug 27
Sussex Police are searching for a woman accused of stealing a bank card from a customer in an Eastbourne cab office.
Just after midday on Monday 20 July the victim visited Sussex Cars taxi office in Pevensey Road, Eastbourne, to order a cab.
Unfortunately when leaving she forgot her mobile phone, an Experia L10 valued between £200 -300, which she had put down on the seat next to her.
The phone was inside a case which had a pocket for storing cards. The victim had her bank card within this pocket.
CCTV from the taxi office shows a man and woman entering the office. The woman sees the phone sitting on the seat and sits down next to it whilst at the same time sliding it along the bench so it is concealed by her body.
She then uses a facemask that she had just picked up from a communal box to pick up the phone and conceal it in her handbag. She quickly stands up and leaves.
The card was then used four times before the victim realised and cancelled it.
PC Jason Morgan said: "The money that was spent included funds for her husband's disability living allowance, causing her yet further stress.
"This was a particularly despicable sneak theft and we are sure someone can put a name to this suspect. If you can help please contact us online or by calling 101, quoting serial 782 of 20/07.
"You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."