VIDEO: Woman pushes cash machine thieves away
A woman who stood her ground and refused to hand over cash during an attempted robbery in broad daylight in Sudbury hopes CCTV images will help capture the men.
Camilla Rodwell bravely stood her ground when two men attempted to distract her and steal £200 as she took money out at a cash machine outside Barclays bank in Market Hill, Sudbury at 10.45am on Tuesday, December 22.
“I was doing my Christmas shopping in quite a hurry and had to go to the cash point,” said the 51-year-old.
“I put my pin number in and a gentleman came strolling up to me and started waving a piece of paper in my face , trying to distract me.”
Mrs Rodwell, from Long Melford, said he was speaking to her in a foreign language, whilst waving the paper.
“He pushed the button on the machine to withdraw £200 so I whacked him across the chest. It wasn’t very hard, I wish I’d hit him harder. I was also telling him to go away.
“Obviously I was very reluctant to leave the machine as it was about to give out £200.”
Managing to grab the cash as it came out, a second gentleman came across on her left hand side.
“He was trying to distract me to get the card, I managed to get the card back,” she added. “They then realised they had met their match and sauntered off.”
Seeing what had happened, a passer-by, who Mrs Rodwell described as “very brave”, ran after the pair, attempting to take pictures of the offenders.
Mrs Rodwell was then supported by the staff from the bank, who called the police.
Images and video footage of the men was captured on CCTV, with police releasing an appeal.
Despite keeping both her card and money safe, bravely standing up to the men, it has left Mrs Rodwell uneasy about getting money out
Mrs Rodwell, who owns The Hunter Gallery in Hall Street, Long Melford, said: “I’m a little nervous getting money out from cash machines. In future I think I will go into the bank.
“We think of it as sleepy old Sudders. You don’t think anything like that would happen here.”
Despite this Mrs Rodwell said she did not believe the attackers were likely to be from the town.
Instead she believes they were experienced in their attempts to rob from victims at cash points, having probably moved onto another town and new victims soon after their failed attempt in Sudbury.
She is hopeful the CCTV images captured will help identify the men and bring them to justice, putting her own appeal on Facebook.
She said: “My hopes are two part. A - I hope that people will be more wary about getting cash out. B - I hope that the police catch them.”
Both men were described as having very dark short curly hair and in their mid-20s.
One of the men is believed to be around 5’4” tall and was wearing shiny blue ‘puffa style’ jacket. The other man is said to be around 5’8” tall and was wearing a jacket.
Police have renewed an appeal for witnesses following the release of CCTV images.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Bury CID on 101 quoting reference 22410/15.