Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Police issue CCTV images of shoplifting suspects

THESE seven people are being hunted by police in connection with thefts from supermarkets.

THESE seven people are being hunted by police in connection with thefts from supermarkets.

Police have released CCTV images of the suspects in the hope that people will come forward to identify them.

The first image shows a woman suspected of stealing four bottles of vodka from Waitrose in Henley at 6.30pm on February 2. She is described as about 35, 5ft 8in, of large build with blonde/light red hair.

The second image shows a man suspected of stealing four cans of Carlsberg Special Brew from Sainsbury’s in Bell Street, Henley, at 7.40pm on February 17. He is described as in his twenties, 5ft 5in, of average build with dark brown hair. He was wearing a grey hooded jacket.

Another image shows a man suspected of stealing meat from the Co-op store in Bridle Path, Woodcote, on two occasions, the second time at 3.20pm on March 3. He is described as 5ft 8in with a chunky build, slick black hair and a rough complexion.

The same store was targeted at 2.10pm on April 19 by a man who stole a bottle of whisky which he hid in his trousers. He was about 5ft 10in with short mousey/blonde hair and rugged complexion and was wearing sunglasses and a scarf.

Police said he was an “accomplished” shoplifter. A woman was seen stealing £165 worth of meat from the Co-op store in Wood Lane, Sonning Common, at 4.20pm on March 22. She was wheeling a trolley which she filled with meat to the point where it fell over. She then left without attempting to pay.

She is described as being of Eastern European appearance and wearing black leggings, a black top with white tassels and a black headband with a blue and white headscarf.

She is believed to have had two male accomplices. One was about 50, chubby with slick black hair and wearing a red T-shirt and black shoes with white laces. The other was in his late twenties and wearing black trousers, black trainers with white laces and a grey and black hooded top with two tassels.

Insp Mark Harling, head of Henley police, said: “I am always very grateful to people for trying to help us solve crime.

“Shoplifting may not necessarily seem important to some people but it can make a difference to shops being able to survive in this economic climate. We all need to do what we can to deter the thieves and where crime has occurred, try to solve it.” A spokeswoman for the Co-operative said: “We take incidents of retail crime most seriously across all our outlets. A series of measures, including a security tagging system and CCTV cameras, are in place to prevent incidents of this nature.

“Whenever crime occurs we will always involve the police and we would appeal for anyone with information to come forward.”

A Sainsbury’s spokeswoman said the Henley store belonged to a network that allows it to communicate with the police and other retailers and licensed premises in the town.

She added: “We always co-operate with the police and work closely with them to help cut down crime on our high streets and in our stores. All of our stores have CCTV and we share images with the police when they request them.” Waitrose said it would not comment for security reasons.

Anyone with information should call the Thames Valley Police non-emergency number, 101.

lA disabled woman had her purse stolen after being distracted by thieves. She had been shopping in Waitrose in Henley and was walking along Bell Street towards Northfield End when she was confronted by two women outside Adam Court. Police said one shoved some papers under her nose and asked for directions while the other took the purse out of her handbag. The incident happened at about 2.50pm on May 7. The women are described as about 40, 5ft 7in, roundish with long black hair. They appeared to be of Malaysian origin.

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