Officers from British Transport Police are appealing for witnesses following a theft of a purse at Aberdare station last month.
Shortly after 10.45pm on Wednesday 9th March an elderly couple boarded a train at Cardiff Queen Street, bound for Aberdare.
During the hour long journey, an unidentified man approached the victim and her partner and attempted to talk with them, seemingly to build their trust.
After they left the service at Aberdare, the couple then made their way down a steep bank towards a waiting pre-booked taxi.
During this short walk, the suspect then approached the couple, bothering them. Despite multiple prompts by the couple to leave them alone, he continued to repeatedly pat their shoulders and reassure them.
It is at this point the victim’s purse was snatched from her bag. Today, police are releasing images of a man they would like to speak with in connection with this theft.
Do you recognise him?
Investigating officer PC Mike Watson:
“This was a cruel crime, committed by an individual who preyed on an innocent member of the public.
Once the suspect got hold of the credit cards, he attempted to withdraw £200 from a cash point in Aberdare. However, as the suspect didn’t have the PIN, the card provider quickly spotted fraudulent activity and blocked any transactions.
Despite no money being stolen, it is important we identify the person responsible and bring them to justice.”
If anyone has information they are asked to contact British Transport Police
Call 0800 40 50 40 or text to 61016
On both occasions, quoting reference 160 of 21/04/2016.
Alternatively, information can be passed anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers – 0800 555 111.