Police search for fraudster who spent £300,000 on gold bars, Rolex watches and designer clothes

Detectives have released a CCTV image of a woman they want to speak to

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Police are hunting for a fraudster who spent almost £300,000 in just four days on a Manchester shopping spree.

Using a debit card gained using bank account fraud, the person bought 10 gold bars weighing 100g each for £26,000, two Rolex watches for £26,000, designer clothes, handbags and make-up.

The money also went on what police described as “high-value plumbing equipment”, as well as a “large quantity” of car tyres and alloy wheels.

A spokesperson for City of London Police said the purchases were made at Selfridges, several small jewellery shops, bookmakers and bureau de changes.

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The card was used to buy gold bars

Detectives from the force’s Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit have released a CCTV image of a woman they want to identify and are appealing for the public’s help to track her down.

The investigation started after a bank account was compromised in July 2014 and the debit card linked to it was misused a month later.

Anyone with information identity of this woman is asked to contact DC Matthew Cornell on 0207 709 6600 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.