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£500 gold chain stolen during jewellery scam in Redditch
12:10pm Saturday 12th October 2013 in News
INFORMATION is being sought by police after a gold chain was stolen from a man sitting in his car in Redditch.
The 61-year-old victim was parked in a disabled bay off the ringway, reading a newspaper while he waited for his wife, when a man poked his head through the open window asking for directions, and also opened the door.
The victim thought the man may be trying to steal his car so took his keys out of the ignition and secured his phone.
While he was distracted, the man put a fake gold ring in his hand and a fake gold chain around his neck before the victim pushed him away.
The man left on foot heading down Unicorn Hill towards the town centre and the victim then realised his own 20 inch gold chain, which was worth around £500 and of sentimental value, had been taken.
It happened at about 2.20pm on Tuesday, October 8.
The offender was Asian, wearing navy blue zip up tracksuit top, and was clean shaven. He spoke in broken English with what sounded like a Middle Eastern accent.
PC Samantha Moore of West Mercia Police said: “It is not the first report of a victim being distracted and then having their own jewellery switched for other jewellery which turns out to be worthless rubbish, but there have not been similar reports for some time.
“We are appealing for witnesses, and we also want to warn people to be vigilant, especially if they are approached by someone asking for directions, as this is one of the techniques offenders use to distract them.
“These type of offences seem to increase in the run up to Christmas, so we are asking people to be alert and contact us if they see anything suspicious.”
Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to contact PC Moore on the non-emergency number 101 quoting incident 317-s-081013 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
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