Police are keen to trace train couple after bag stolen
PUBLISHED: 12:07 14 June 2012
BRITISH Transport Police (BTP) officers are appealing for information after a passenger's bag was stolen from a train that passed through Ely on its way to Audley End station in Essex.
Investigators have released a series of photographs of a man and a woman they would like to speak to in connection with the incident, which took place on Saturday, May 12.
PC Tony Orton, investigating officer, said: “The victim boarded the 7.27pm Stansted Airport to Birmingham New Street service with her red suitcase, which she placed in the luggage racks.
“As she went to leave the service at Cambridge, she noticed her bag had been taken from the train.”
Investigators have carried out a number of enquiries into the incident, including viewing CCTV onboard the train and at stations along the train’s route.
PC Orton added: “A man and a woman, who also boarded at Stansted Airport station, were seen to leave the service at Audley End station at around 7.40pm. They then left the platform, entered a lift and headed to platform one where they boarded a London-bound train.
“I am now appealing for anyone who recognises the couple in the images or who has any information about the incident, to come forward and assist in our continuing enquiries.”
Issuing advice to passengers, PC Orton added: “We take the theft of passenger property extremely seriously and one of our primary policing objectives is to reduce the number of people who become a victim.
“Always keep your belongings close by, check it regularly and be extra vigilant when the train stops at a station.
“If you move to another carriage, take your valuables with you – never leave them unattended and report any suspicious behaviour to staff or a police officer.”
If you have any information which can assist the investigation, please contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40, or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.