CCTV issued in search for Leeds thief who stole pensioners’ luggage on train

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Police have issued a CCTV image of a youth wanted for questioning over the theft of a suitcase from a train.

The bag was taken from a York to Scarborough service, but police believe the youngster has links to Leeds.

PC Nick Storey, of British Transport Police, said: “An elderly couple boarded the service at York and left their case in the vestibule area before taking their seats.

“A youth began to examine the case, unzipping it to look inside. When the train arrived at Seamer, he got off with the case.

“He sat in a shelter on the platform rifling through the contents of the bag and removing a small amount of cash before leaving the case and exiting the station.”

The couple reported their luggage missing on arrival at Scarborough and later travelled back to Seamer to retrieve their luggage.

PC Storey said: “While the thief left most of the contents behind, this was a distressing and time-consuming incident for the couple involved.

“They had to travel back to pick up their property, and were left with the unpleasant knowledge that someone had gone through their belongings and taken some of their money.

“Having looked at CCTV, I am issuing an image of a youth who I think can help with our investigaion into the theft. We believe he may have links to the Leeds area. Who is he?”

Anyone with information should contact BTP on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting reference PSUB/B9 of June 3.