Thursday 17 August 2017

Bag thief returns victim's passport

A thief who stole a pensioner's bag on the London Underground posted her passport back to her
A thief who stole a pensioner's bag on the London Underground posted her passport back to her

A thief who stole a pensioner's bag on the London Underground had a change of heart - and posted her passport back to her.

The 73-year-old tourist and her husband, from California, boarded a Tube train to Heathrow so they could return to the US on Saturday May 7. However, she left her bag containing the jewellery, passports and personal documents on a bench on the westbound Piccadilly line platform at King's Cross station, and by the time she returned to the platform, the bag had gone.

The couple managed to return to the US on emergency passports, but five days later, an envelope with a Greenwich postal stamp arrived with the documents inside.

However, the thief kept hold of more than £5,000 worth of jewellery after swiping the handbag, and British Transport Police (BTP) have released an image of a man, possibly from the Greenwich area, who they would like to question.

The man is described as of Mediterranean appearance with a slim build and in his early 20s. He was wearing a grey Adidas tracksuit with a baseball cap, a yellow high-visibility vest and a black Adidas rucksack.

Police also released an image of a distinctive necklace which was taken.

Detective Constable Eloise Lock, from the BTP, said: "The victim received a letter in the post returning the passports and her driving licence a few days later. The letter was posted in the Greenwich area, and I am appealing for anyone who may have come across the documents to contact us. The theft has caused the victim a great deal of distress as the jewellery had sentimental value to her.

"Anyone who recognises the man in the images, or the jewellery that was stolen, is asked to get in contact."

Anyone who recognises the man in the image or who has any information which may assist the investigation is asked to call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, quoting incident number B13/LUA of 12/7/2011. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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