Man steals from elderly couple's holiday luggage - before helping them on train

Ruth Doherty
Man ransacks elderly couple's luggage and then helps them on train
Man ransacks elderly couple's luggage and then helps them on train



A man has been caught on CCTV ransacking an elderly couple's holiday luggage at a railway station in Wales - before helping them on the train.

The man was spotted at in Troedyrhiw railway station in Merthyr Tydfil on 11 July.

Police have now appealed for help to find the man in question.



According to the South Wales Evening Post, PC Steve Lawrence said: "The victim, a 73-year-old man from Merthyr Tydfil, was going on holiday with his wife.

"Having arrived at Troedyrhiw station just after 8.15am, he left his luggage in the shelter while he walked down the slope towards the street to await his wife's arrival.

"When he returned a short while later with his wife, they discovered their bags had been tampered with and a number of items stolen, among them a new camera, a jacket and a toiletries bag containing the couple's medication for their trip.

"This was, understandably, an extremely upsetting experience for the couple and one of the worst possible starts to their holiday. At a time when they should have been eagerly looking forward to their break, they were instead made to feel vulnerable as a result of this callous theft.

"Perhaps the most galling aspect of this incident is the fact that just moments after ransacking their bags, the brazen thief had the nerve to help the couple onto the train with their luggage and walking stick."

According to the Daily Mail, he added: "Enquiries have been ongoing to identify the person responsible for this theft but to no avail.

"However, today, I am in a position to release an image of a man we believe will have key information about this incident."

Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40.

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