Police looking for man after Hatfield pickpocketing

PUBLISHED: 13:38 13 February 2019

Police believe this man was in the area at the time of a pickpocketing incident in Hatfield and could have vital information that will assist the investigation. Picture: Herts police.

Police believe this man was in the area at the time of a pickpocketing incident in Hatfield and could have vital information that will assist the investigation. Picture: Herts police.

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Police have released images of a man they would like to speak to following a pickpocketing incident at a Hatfield supermarket.

Police have released CCTV images of this man, who they would like to speak to following a theft in Hatfield. Picture: Herts police.Police have released CCTV images of this man, who they would like to speak to following a theft in Hatfield. Picture: Herts police.

At 4pm on Thursday, January 31, a woman’s new iPhone 8 in a case containing cash and bank cards were stolen after she paid for her groceries in Tesco and before she returned to her car.

A man brushed up against her with a hessian bag and used it to hide what he was taking from her pocket.

Police Constable Gavin Richardson said: “It’s believed that the man pictured was in the area at the time and could have vital information that will assist the investigation. If you recognise him please get in touch.

“If you can help, please call 101 or email me at gavin.richardson@herts.pnn.police.uk, quoting crime reference 41/10130/19.”

You can also report information online at www.herts.police.uk/Report.

Alternatively, you can stay 100 per cent anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their untraceable online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

Police advice to prevent yourself from becoming a victim of pickpocketing:

• avoid putting valuables such as phones, wallets or purses in your back pocket

• use a bag that can be closed properly so that it’s difficult for someone to open it and reach in

• wear bags across your body rather than over your shoulder

• keep your purse or wallet at the bottom of your bag

• register your property with Immobilise so that if your belongings are lost or stolen, there’s a better chance of them being returned to you.

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