The British Transport Police (BTP) have released an image of a woman they want to speak to in connection with the theft of a bag from Skegness station on Saturday, June 29.
PC Steve Duck, investigating officer said: “The victim, a 15-year-old boy from Skegness, left his rucksack on a bench at the station around 7.20pm.
“He left it there whilst he went to another part of the station, and when he returned a few minutes later, he discovered it was missing.
“The boy made enquiries with station staff to see if his bag had been handed in, but it hadn’t.”
After reviewing CCTV footage from the station, investigators have obtained an image of a woman they believe has key information about the incident.
PC Duck added: “I would ask anyone who recognises the woman, or knows her whereabouts, to please get in touch.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 quoting reference B1/NEA of 25/07/2013. Information can also be passed to the independent charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.
BTP has recently launched Operation Magnum, a nationwide initiative to tackle theft on the railway, including phone snatches and pickpocketing, and to warn passengers of the steps they can take to protect themselves and their belongings.
Protecting your valuables will greatly reduce the chances of becoming a victim of crime. Here are a few simple tips from British Transport Police to protect yourself and your possessions:
Carry wallets, mobiles and other small valuables in a secure inside pocket.
Keep your mobile out of sight when not in use and set it to vibrate to avoid attracting attention. When using your mobile in public always be aware of your surroundings.
Make a note of your mobile’s unique IMEI number. To access it type *#06# into your mobile and note the number. This will assist your service provider in blocking its use should your phone be lost or stolen.
Carry your handbag in a secure position in front of your body. Keep all fasteners closed and ensure they are facing towards your body.
When at stations look for CCTV cameras and try to stay within view