British Transport Police has released CCTV images of three youths officers want to speak to about the theft of a Poppy Appeal charity box.
The theft happened shortly before 4.30pm on Friday, 8 November, at the WH Smith shop on platform five at Crewe rail station.
Inspector Sonja Simister said:
“Three youths entered the shop and, whilst two distracted the member of staff at the checkout, the third cut the zip tie securing the collection box, picked up the box and walked out of the shop.
“Once the theft was reported to us officers conducted a number of enquiries which revealed the youths got on board a train heading to Stoke on Trent.
“Further officers were deployed to Stoke, but the culprits were not on board.
We believe they left the train at either Alsager or Kidsgrove.”
Insp Simister added:
“This was a despicable theft, targeting a charity set up to help the families of, and remember, those soldiers who have given their lives to protect countless people across the world.
“I am determined to trace those responsible and am calling on anyone with information about the theft, or who recognises the youths pictured, to call us as soon as possible.”
If you can assist the investigation in any way please call BTP on 0800 40 50 40 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
In all calls please quote log B9/NWA of 21/11/13.
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