British Transport Police are asking for the public’s help to identify two men who worked as a team to pickpocket a Leeds train passenger, stealing his wallet.
After previously appealing to trace the men last month detectives have now released CCTV footage of the thieves operating together to target the victim.
Detective Inspector Mick Jackson said, “The two men in the footage are clearly shown working together using both the Stall and Concealed hand tactics to steal the man’s wallet.
“The theft took place on board the 15.15 service from Leeds to King’s Cross on Friday, 24 January. The victim boarded the train and was putting his luggage in the storage rack. As he was doing so one of the men distracted him by placing a coat over the victim’s arm then ‘dipping’ the wallet out of his pocket.
“Both men left the station and were seen looking through the wallet.
“After reviewing CCTV the two men were seen hanging around the station for over an hour. We believe they were looking for a victim to target; in this case it was a 77-year-old man.”
DI Jackson said: “We would like to identify and speak to the men in these photographs in connection with this incident. If you recognise them or know their current whereabouts please contact us.”
Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016. Information can also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
In all calls, please quote incident reference NEA/B3 of 31/01/14.
This appeal comes as part of BTP’s Operation Magnum, a crackdown on theft of passenger property on the railway. As part of the initiative, officers have issued video clips to help the travelling public spot the most common tricks thieves use.
Videos featured on the Op Magnum website - www.btp.police.uk/theft - and the BTP YouTube channel show passengers the 13 most common tricks thieves use, while anti-theft surgeries will see passengers handed crime prevention leaflets with advice on how to protect themselves from thieves.