Police investigating after Hitchin phone shop thefts

PUBLISHED: 18:50 09 July 2018

O2 phone store was targetted by thieves

O2 phone store was targetted by thieves

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Two thieves got away after stealing a number of items from Hitchin’s O2 store today.

Police are investigating the theft which happened just before 12.30pm in Market Place, alongside an attempted robbery at the nearby Vodafone shop.

It is alleged that two men first entered the Vodafone store and attempted to take multiple items, but left empty-handed.

They then went into the O2 store and managed to disconnect items from the display units before leaving in the direction of Brand Street.

Two town rangers attempted to stop them, and there was a physical altercation before the offenders got away.

One of the men is described as being white, around 5ft 8in and was wearing a blue top and jeans. He was unshaven.

The other man was wearing black clothing. Both men were wearing scarves that partially covered their faces.

Sgt Will Ainsworth said: “I’d like to thank the town rangers who did their best to apprehend the offenders. Thankfully, neither of them were injured.

“Were you in Hitchin town centre around the time stated? Did you see two men running from the area, the physical altercation with the town rangers or any other suspicious activity?

“Any information at all, even if you think it is not relevant, could be absolutely vital in progressing our investigation.”

Anyone with information should email Sgt Ainsworth on william.ainsworth@herts.pnn.police.uk, report online at https://www.herts.police.uk/Report or call police on 101 quoting ISR 382 of July 9.

Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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