Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Police Appeal

Police are appealing for information after two girls fought back against a thief who tried to steal the cash they were withdrawing from an ATM in Central Road.

The girls, aged 25 and 27, were taking money out of the Barclays cash machine at the corner of Central Road and Lynwood Drive, watched by a man on a bicycle immediately behind them. As the notes appeared from the machine, the cyclist lunged forward to grab the cash. But he hadn’t reckoned on the girls fighting him off and pushing him away. He then spat at one of the girls, who reacted by pulling him off his bike.

As the girls went up the street to join their mother who was waiting for them, the cyclist rode up and told the mother: “If I was going to rob them I would have taken the money.” He added: “Your kids need to learn some manners!”

The incident happened on Sunday 9th June at 19.15hrs.

The suspect (pictured above) is described as white, 5ft 8in tall. He was wearing a distinctive blue and white, knitted Alpine hat with strings hanging down from its earpieces. He was also wearing a black jacket. He was riding a red and black bicycle.

If you know the identity of the cyclist in these images please contact Sutton Police station on 101 quoting ref no: 4005406/13. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The whole episode was caught on camera. The 12 pictures below show the robbery happening 'storyboard style'. Well done girls for fighting back!

This sort of criminal attitude really makes me angry. It’s bad enough to try to steal something from someone. It’s another thing to try and taunt them and make them feel bad. I really hope the police catch this *person*. And that he languishes in prison being taught some manners the hard way. Please help if you can.

Update (28th August)

This story has made it to the Dail Mail! http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2403950/Cash-machine-thief-gets-comeuppance--tells-victims-mother-THEY-need-learn-manners.html