Have-a-go hero confronts thief who stole £100 from man at Stevenage cashpoint

Dan Seeley gave chase and stopped a thief who grabbed cash from a man using a cashpoint.

Dan Seeley gave chase and stopped a thief who grabbed cash from a man using a cashpoint. - Credit: Archant

A have-a-go hero who saw a thief running away after snatching £100 from a man at a cashpoint gave chase and got the money back.

A have-a-go hero who saw a thief running away after snatching £100 from a man at a cashpoint gave chase and got the money back.

Dan Seeley was sitting in his van outside the Cromwell Hotel in Stevenage High Street at about midday on Friday when the drama unfolded.

He said: “I was sat facing Tesco Express, waiting for the pie and mash shop to open. I noticed a homeless person sitting outside Tesco on a green sleeping bag and a man who went towards the cashpoint there.

“I pulled out to park outside the pie and mash shop and saw the homeless man running up the road with the sleeping bag, and the man who had been going to the cashpoint was running after him.


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“I checked and the man said he had had his money stolen, so I went after the other man in my van and pulled up to cut him off.

“When I confronted him he just handed me the money, which was £100. I went to grab him but he had a can of coke and threw it at me and ran off up the road.

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“I went back to where I saw the bloke whose money was taken but I couldn’t find him.”

Dan called the police just after 12.30pm and said he gave the money to the officers who attended.

He said: “It could have been someone’s mum or nan, and I wouldn’t want it to happen to anybody else.

“I just want to see the man get his money back, and I want to warn others to be careful.”

Herts police say enquiries are ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact them on 101, quoting ISR 313 of January 13

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