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CCTV Released After £100 Stolen From Wallet on York Train

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11:57am 26th September 2013

British Transport Police (BTP) is appealing for information after a man had his wallet, containing £100, stolen whilst he travelled on a train between York and Northallerton on Monday, 2 September.

Officers have today released images of a woman they would like to speak to in connection with the theft, which took place on the 16:50 York to Northallerton service.

PC Tanya Rickard, investigating the theft, said: “The victim, a 41-year-old man from Gateshead, had taken his wallet out of his pocket to show the train guard his ticket. When he placed it back in his pocket it fell out and down between the seats.

“A woman sat behind the man then quickly moved seats. The wallet was later discovered discarded on the train floor; but £100 was missing from the wallet.

PC Rickard added: “We’re asking members of the public to help us identify the woman pictured, who left the train at Northallerton, as we believe she may be able to assist us with our enquiries.”

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to contact BTP on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 quoting background reference B15/NEA of 26/09/2013. Information can also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

The appeal follows the Force’s recent launch of Operation Magnum, a campaign designed to help rail passengers keep valuables safe from pickpockets, gadget-grabbers and luggage thieves.

As part of the initiative, officers have issued video clips to help the travelling public spot 13 of the most common tricks thieves use.

Op Magnum will see BTP officers work with train operating companies and local police forces to disrupt and deter pickpockets who prey on unsuspecting commuters and tourists at busy stations, thieves who brazenly snatch expensive smartphones from distracted passengers’ hands and those who steal luggage and valuables on trains.

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