Police are reminding supermarket shoppers across Sussex to be on the alert for thieves.
This follows a recent spate of incidents in which supermarket customers, and some other shoppers, have been watched whilst entering their PIN numbers and have then had their purses and wallets stolen as they leave the store. Suspects then withdraw large amounts of cash from nearby cash machines before the victims are aware.
The two men pictured, working with others, are believed to have been successful in obtaining nearly £20,000 by targeting victims in this way.
The men in the photo, taken at Sainsburys in Worthing on 20 June, are described as of Eastern European appearance, one bald and the other with dark hair.
Anyone who recognises the men or who has any further information is asked to contact Sussex Police online or call 101, quoting reference 47170066290.
If you see anyone behaving suspiciously in this way, alert store security staff or dial 999.
Investigator Kayleigh Bartup said: “We are also working with the large supermarket brands to raise awareness about these incidents among staff and customers. Be alert and aware of strangers when shopping in large supermarkets and NEVER leave your bag or trolley unattended at any point. Try not to be distracted by strangers, and also be alert for any suspicious activity around your vehicle which you should keep secured.
“It appears that these men, and others, may strike up to twice a day in different towns, and then lay low for a while, so we need to maintain awareness even when there are no reports.”
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Volunteers assist in arrests of Chichester drink-driving, domestic abuse and theft suspects (Image attached)
A number of arrests were made as five Special Constables enjoyed a successful weekend with Sussex Police.
The volunteers, assisted by PC Tom Van Der Wee, of the Chichester Response Unit, attended reports including drink-driving, theft, domestic abuse and even hare coursing on Saturday and Sunday.
They gave up their own free time to respond to emergency calls and community priorities as part of the latest Specials operation.
◾At about 7.45pm on Saturday (29 July), their attention was drawn to a silver Vauxhall Vectra which appeared to be travelling at excess speed in Church Lane, Ford. Following a brief pursuit on to the A259 westbound, the vehicle was stopped and the driver was spoken to.
Jacek Majcher, 42, a horticulturist, of Madeira Parade, Bognor Regis, was arrested and charged with driving with 70mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system. He is due to appear before Worthing Magistrates’ Court on 15 August.
◾At about 3.43pm on Sunday (30 July), police were flagged down outside Chichester Police Station by a driver who reported being assaulted by her front seat passenger.
A 16-year-old boy from Chichester was arrested and charged with assault. He is due to appear before Worthing Youth Court on 17 August.
◾At about 4.56pm on Sunday (30 July), police were called after a man’s phone was stolen in Westgate Car Park, in Via Ravenna, Chichester. The victim is a 19-year-old man from Chichester who has learning difficulties. Witnesses are asked to report it quoting serial 950 of 30/07.
◾At about 8pm on Sunday (30 July), police were called to reports of men using dogs to chase hares in Lower Hone Lane, Bosham. Witnesses are asked to report it quoting serial 1222 of 30/07.
◾At about 10.55pm on Sunday (30 July), police received a report of two youths interfering with vehicles in Neville Road, Chichester. Officers located and arrested the two suspects shortly afterwards in nearby Oliver Whitby Road.
A 15-year-old boy from Wick has been charged with theft from a motor vehicle. He is due to appear before Worthing Youth Court on 17 August.
A 15-year-old boy from Littlehampton, arrested on suspicion of vehicle interference, has been released under investigation.
The team also responded to several other call-outs throughout the weekend, and carried out a number of vehicle stops and checks. This included issuing a traffic offence report to a motorist seen using their mobile phone while driving.
Special Constable Philip Matthews, who has volunteered for the force for the past nine years, said: “Not only does this operation provide me with the opportunity to work alongside other Special Constables in Sussex Police, but working as a team, which is led by a Police Constable, we will target criminal activity on the road network, deal with antisocial behaviour and assist with local neighbourhood priorities.”
Also out in force over the weekend were Special Constables James Steer, Callum Meeney, Jared Gobey and Jake Sloane.
PC Van Der Wee said: “Special Constables have all the powers of their Police Constable colleagues and wear the same uniform, however Special Constables are unpaid and give up a minimum of 16 hours a month to volunteer in their community.
“Special Constables are trained to attend a wide variety of incidents, and provide support to regular officers when attending emergency and non-emergency calls.
“In Chichester and Arun, we regularly run operations with the Special Constables targeting policing priorities such as drink and drug-driving, and other more local community concerns. These operations provide a valuable opportunity for Special Constables to work with others and gain more experience by dealing with incidents independently of their Police Constable colleagues.
“We will continue to run these operations on a regular basis, and our priorities will include targeting drink and drug-drivers, arresting wanted persons and conducting plain-clothed checks on shoplifters.”
Witnesses sought to Selsey collision
Police were called to a collision on the B2145, Chichester Road, Selsey, at 6.10pm on Wednesday (2 August).
Three vehicles were involved – a Silver Renault Clio, a Blue Nissan Micra, and a Silver Mitsubushi L200 pickup. Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision or the driving of any of the vehicles just beforehand.
Two local women, aged 73 and 25, were treated at St Richards Hospital for minor injuries.
If you saw the collision please contact the police online or call 101, quoting serial 1079 of 02/08.
Two men rescue driver from car which overturned into a pond
Two men leapt to the rescue of a motorist whose car crashed through concrete bollards and overturned into a pond in Loxwood.
Joel Colbran and Greg White were in the right place at the right time to pull the driver free from his submerged Volkswagen Golf at the site on the B2133 Vicarage Hill, near Billingshurst.
Their heroics at about 8am on Friday (28 July) have been commended by investigating officer PC Jon Bennion-Jones, of the Arundel Roads Policing Unit.
Between the 2nd – 9th August, more than 20 people were arrested from across the Chichester district. Offences include, drink driving, domestic assault, affray, assault police and possession of controlled substance.
Chichester and surrounding area
Gaston Way, Lavant – Male seen looking through properties in the area during the afternoon of 3rd August. Described as white, 20-25 years old, 6’0 tall, short ginger hair, slim build, wearing grey hooded top and dark blue jogging bottoms. Ref 0938 of 03/08.
Broad Road, Nutbourne – Between 7th and 8th August, a semi-detached property was entered by forcing the ground floor windows. An untidy search was completed. Unsure if anything has been stolen at this time. Ref 1374 of 08/08.
St Peters and St Marys Church, Fishbourne Road West, Chichester – Gates to church removed from hinges and access gained to the building site area. Ford Transit and trailer with mini digger stolen. Occurred at approximaltey 1am, 9th August. Ref 0105 of 09/08.
Selsey, The Witterings and surrounding area
Clayton Road, Selsey – Theft from vehicle overnight into 2nd August. Sat Nav reported stolen. Ref 0342 of 02/08.
Merryfield Drive, Selsey – Two sheds entered over last week (28th July – 4th August) at holiday home. Power tools reported stolen. Ref 1282 of 04/08.
Dell Quay Yacht Club – Theft of dinghy between 30th July – 3rd August. Ref 899 of 06/08.
Dennys Close, Selsey – Insecure van entered and drill stolen at approximately 5.25am, 6th August. Ref 0314 of 06/08.
Dell Quay Sailing Club – Between 6th and 7th August items have been stolen from a rib that was moored at the location. Ref 0750 of 07/08.