Theft scam at the cashpoint

A FATHER-OF-ONE has denied a string of charges of preying on elderly people at cashpoints and stealing hundreds of pounds from their bank accounts.

Gary Addy faces 20 counts of theft relating to incidents in Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough and Northampton between December 12 last year and February 7 this year.

Corby Magistrates Court heard on Thursday that Addy and an accomplice waited by the cashpoints and told the people using them that they were faulty.

They noted down the victim’s PIN, stole the cashcard from the machine and used it to withdraw money from other ATMs.

They are also accused of using the cards in betting shops.

Addy, 23, of Stratford, East London, appeared from custody at HMP Woodhill in a yellow prison-issue jump suit.

He shook his head repeatedly as the prosecution read out the accusations against him during the short hearing.

Vicky Jempson, prosecuting, said: “There were numerous thefts spanning two months, from December to February.

“The crown’s case is that the defendant, in company with another, targeted elderly people at cash machines.

“These people were being approached and told there was a problem with the cash machine, while the other person was writing down the PIN.”

The court heard the amounts stolen ran into several hundreds of pounds.

Baljit Garchar, defending, made an application for bail with strict condition of residence. She said: “There is nothing linking him to these offences on CCTV.”

The application was rejected and Addy was remanded in custody to appear at Northampton Crown Court via video link next month.

His alleged accomplice was not named in court.