British Transport Police have released an image of a man they want to speak to in connection with the theft of suitcase from a train at Doncaster railway station.
PC Graham Maughan, the investigating officer, said: “A 23-year-old man from Leeds had boarded the train at Kings Cross on Thursday, October 31, and placed his suitcase in the bottom of the luggage rack.
“A man was seen removing the bag at Doncaster and leaving the service at around 11.50pm. I would ask anyone who recognises him, or knows his current whereabouts, to please get in touch.”
The appeal comes as BTP launch a Christmas crackdown on theft on the railway.
PC Maughan added: “Traditionally we see a rise in the number of people using trains and stations at this time of year. Unfortunately with this we also see an increase in thieves targeting passengers on the railway.
“They often look to take advantage of people who may have consumed too much alcohol, or who may be travelling with a lot of luggage to visit family and friends, or unsuspecting shoppers carrying bags containing expensive presents home.
“We want to create a hostile environment for thieves, making it as difficult as we can for them to operate on any part of the railway network this Christmas.
“We are undertaking extra high visibility and under cover patrols and will be using the excellent CCTV system on the rail network to catch people in the act and put them before the courts.”
n Anyone with information should contact BTP on Freefone 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting reference NEA/B8 of 16/12/13 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.