CCTV images issued after three chain snatches in Leicester

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Issued on 9/8/18 at 10:09 a.m.

Incident number: 18*372247

Detectives investigating three chain snatches in Leicester have released CCTV images of two people they’d like to identify.

All three incidents occurred in the last week and are being linked due to the similarities between them.

The most recent incidents took place on Monday evening (6 August) in Doncaster Road and Jarrom Street.

Two men on a moped approached the 64-year-old victim in Doncaster Road, at the junction with Glendon Street, around 6.15pm. They tried to steal a necklace from around his neck but failed. As they were riding away the moped collided with a bollard and damage was caused to the vehicle.

The victim wasn’t injured but his glasses were broken during the incident.

The second incident took place shortly afterwards, around 6.40pm, in Jarrom Street, when two people on a moped approached a woman in her 40s and stole a necklace from her neck.

The 24 carat gold necklace was of sentimental value to the victim and had a number of pendants attached to it.

On Saturday (4 August) two men on a moped approached a 64-year-old woman in Canon Street and stole the pendant off her necklace. This incident took place around 1pm. The suspects then rode off the wrong way down a one-way street towards Harrison Road.

CCCTV images have been obtained from the Canon Street incident and officers would like to speak to anyone who recognises the moped or has any suspicions about the identity of the rider and pillion passenger.

Detective Constable Steve Wallage is investigating all the incidents. He said: “All the incidents have taken place in broad daylight in busy areas of the city and East Leicester.

“We know there were a number of people in the Jarrom Street and Doncaster Road area on Monday evening, and also on Canon Street on Saturday, who may have witnessed the incident and we’re keen to speak to them.

“If you have seen two people riding around on a moped similar to the one in these stills then we need to speak to you. They are wearing helmets but someone may recognise their clothing and build. If you have seen this bike being ridden around your local area or if you have any suspicions or information about their identity please get in touch.”

“We would also like to take this opportunity to ask people to remain vigilant and to think about their belongings when out and about. If possible, we advise you to cover any jewellery with a scarf or clothing.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC 1614 Steve Wallage on 101, quoting crime number 18*372247.

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