CCTV images released following Stevenage pub thefts

A SERIES of CCTV images have been released today (Wednesday), as part of a police investigation into a number of thefts at pubs in a town.

The first incident happened on September 7 at about 1.45pm, when two men went into the Proverbial in Stevenage Old Town and distracted their victim, a woman in her 20s, by offering birthday cards for sale.

The victim’s iPhone, which was on the table, was covered by the cards, and the offenders attempted to take it. But the victim noticed what happened, and challenged the offenders, who left without the phone.

On the same day, about 15 minutes later, the same men went into Cinnabarcafe – also in the Old Town – and, using the same tactics, stole an iPhone 4 from a woman in her 50s.

Two days later, between 11.30pm and 2.30am, four mobile phones, two debit cards and a watch were stolen in Cinnabarcafe.

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The offenders recorded the pin numbers of people who used their debit cards at the bar. They then pickpocketed those people, and used a nearby cash machine to withdraw significant sums of money.

Pc Kieran Doyle is investigating and said: “I would like to hear from anyone who recognises the people pictured. If you know who they are then please call.

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“I would also like to take this opportunity to remind people to protect their personal belongings. If you become aware of the tactics being used please check your belongings and also ensure you follow some personal safety advice.”

Anyone with information about the incident should contact Pc Doyle via the Herts Police non-emergency number 101. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers, the independent charity, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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