British Transport Police (BTP) are asking members of the public to help identify two men in connection with a bicycle wheel theft from Worthing Station.
They issued yesterday (March 11th) CCTV images of two people they want to speak to in connection with the incident which took place on Tuesday December 10th 2013.
A 17-year-old man left his silver Diamond back bike locked and secured at the station cycle racks shortly before 9.00 am. When he returned at 4.55 pm the same day, the front wheel, valued at £45, had been stolen. Officers want to speak to the two men pictured in connection with the theft.
Across Sussex police are seeking to identify a number of people in connection with ten bicycle thefts.
BTP Brighton PC Billy Burstow said: “We are asking for help from members of the public in identifying the people responsible for each of these bicycle thefts.
“Officers have followed several lines of enquiry in investigating these offences, including distributing each of the images to local police intelligence systems.
“If you recognise any of these people pictured, or have any information which could assist us, then I urge you to get in touch.”
This appeal follows BTP’s Operation Wiggins, a nationwide initiative cracking down on cycle theft at train stations across the country.
As part of this operation, posters are placed at bike racks advising cyclists how to correctly and securely lock their cycles, and officers carry out regular days of actions at stations across Sussex, handing out crime prevention advice.
PC Burstow added: “It is a sad fact of life that bicycles locked at stations remain a popular target for thieves, but there are a number of things people can do to reduce their chances of becoming a victim of bike theft, for example ensuring their property is adequately marked and secured.
“If a bike is adequately marked, it makes it much easier to identify and therefore helps reduce the risk of theft. Would-be criminals should be aware that a vast majority of cycle racks are cover by CCTV, so there is a high chance if they do carry out a theft, they will be identified and dealt with accordingly.”
Anyone who recognises any of the people pictured should contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 quoting reference LSA/B6 of 07/03/14 quoting the image number.