Train luggage theft. Do you know this man? CCTV

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British Transport Police (BTP) officers are appealing for the public’s help to identify a man they would like to speak to in connection with the theft of a passenger’s property from a train in Cornwall.

Officers have released CCTV images of a man they believe will have information which can assist the investigation into the theft, which took place on Wednesday, December 18.

PC Bob Edwards, of BTP, said: “The victim placed her suitcase in the luggage compartment in coach B on board the 1406hrs London Paddington - Penzance service.

“The victim, who was travelling with her husband and young daughter, checked her luggage periodically during the journey but when the train arrived at Hayle, she noticed it was missing.”

Since the theft, officers have made extensive enquiries to trace the person responsible for the theft but to no avail. They are now seeking your help to identify a man they wish to speak to about this incident.

PC Edwards added: “After reviewing CCTV footage, I would like to identify and speak to the man in these photographs as I believe he will have key information about the incident."

Officers believe he boarded the train at St Austell at around 6.30pm and got off at Truro around 20 minutes later.

Do you know the man? Can you help BTP’s investigation?

Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016. Information can also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

In all calls, please quote incident reference WWA/B5 of 03/01/14.

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2:40am Sun 5 Jan 14

Cyber Pasty says...

It a problem when you are mid carriage and you're luggage is by the door.
It a problem when you are mid carriage and you're luggage is by the door. Cyber Pasty
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11:46am Sun 5 Jan 14

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

I agree with you Cyber Pasty, it has been an ongoing problem for years.

As you are probably aware, although there is luggage space above the seats, there is not enough space for everyone's luggage and inevitably the luggage storage space at the end of the carriages adjacent to the doors are used. One precaution people can take is to check on luggage at each station stop, however, this is inconvenient and still does not prevent luggage from being unofficially removed in between stops, and being carried further through the train for removal at another door after the train stops. Ideally, CCTV would cover all the end of carriage storage spaces. The customers pay enough for their tickets I think they should be entitled to basic CCTV protection for their luggage.
I agree with you Cyber Pasty, it has been an ongoing problem for years. As you are probably aware, although there is luggage space above the seats, there is not enough space for everyone's luggage and inevitably the luggage storage space at the end of the carriages adjacent to the doors are used. One precaution people can take is to check on luggage at each station stop, however, this is inconvenient and still does not prevent luggage from being unofficially removed in between stops, and being carried further through the train for removal at another door after the train stops. Ideally, CCTV would cover all the end of carriage storage spaces. The customers pay enough for their tickets I think they should be entitled to basic CCTV protection for their luggage. Gillian Zella Martin 09
  • Score: 2

7:17pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Cyber Pasty says...

An idea just came to me to bring a bike chain and chain my suitcase to the frame of the shelving. I am glad you agree with my comment as I think Rainbow over Helston has it in for me ;) haha
An idea just came to me to bring a bike chain and chain my suitcase to the frame of the shelving. I am glad you agree with my comment as I think Rainbow over Helston has it in for me ;) haha Cyber Pasty
  • Score: 3

7:42pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Cyber Pasty wrote:
An idea just came to me to bring a bike chain and chain my suitcase to the frame of the shelving. I am glad you agree with my comment as I think Rainbow over Helston has it in for me ;) haha
I actually think that is a brilliant idea, just as long as a thief does not carry bolt cutters with them, but then that would be a little obvious if they did.
(I honestly have no idea who Rainbow over Helston is, by the comments, they clearly know who I am but I cannot work out who they are and it is certainly no one related to me)
[quote][p][bold]Cyber Pasty[/bold] wrote: An idea just came to me to bring a bike chain and chain my suitcase to the frame of the shelving. I am glad you agree with my comment as I think Rainbow over Helston has it in for me ;) haha[/p][/quote]I actually think that is a brilliant idea, just as long as a thief does not carry bolt cutters with them, but then that would be a little obvious if they did. (I honestly have no idea who Rainbow over Helston is, by the comments, they clearly know who I am but I cannot work out who they are and it is certainly no one related to me) Gillian Zella Martin 09
  • Score: 3

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