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Police want people to be 'on guard' after money stolen at cash machine in Inverness

By Andrew Dixon

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Police are urging people to be on guard while using cash machines after a distraction theft in Inverness city centre.

Inquiries are ongoing into an incident which happened at around 11.15am today when a man deliberately distracted the person using the cash machine before stealing a "small" sum of cash.

A police spokesman said the man fled in the direction of Inglis Street, but it is unclear where the theft took place.

"It is important that you do not become distracted while using an ATM – a few seconds is all that an opportunist thief needs," he added.

"Be aware of what is going on around you but stay focused on the cash machine.

"It is also important that the keypad is covered by your free hand to ensure that nobody can see your PIN code.

"Anyone who witnessed the incident in Inverness but has not yet spoken to police can call 101, quoting incident 1374 of 30 September."

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