Thursday 21 November 2019

Police seeking woman dressed in panda onesie as part of store theft investigation

Woman appearing to wear a panda onesie who police wish to speak to
Woman appearing to wear a panda onesie who police wish to speak to

An image of a woman apparently wearing a panda onesie has been released by police as they investigate a series of cashback thefts from stores.

Northumbria Police want to speak to a woman in relation to an incident at an Asda store in Benton, Tyne and Wear.

She is pictured in the outfit with a panda face on top of her head.

Officers are trying to track down a number of people after a spate of cashback thefts in the Benton, Killingworth and Whitley Bay areas dating back to June last year.

Neighbourhood Inspector Ray Smith said: "Often offences such as this are opportunist, people see the cash lying unattended and they think it's okay to take it. They may not even realise they are committing a crime.

"But it's a theft because that cash belongs to someone else - and it's a crime that does get reported to police and we will investigate. People need to recognise they are committing an offence and this could have an impact on their life.

"If you see cash in a self-service machine hand it in to staff straight away."

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