British Transport Police (BTP) officers investigating the theft of two laptops within a matter of minutes in West Worthing and Durrington have released images of a man they wish to speak to.
Both offences took place within an hour of each other on Monday January 6th and police have identified CCTV stills of a man who was in the area at the time and may have information which can help officers.
PC Billy Burstow, based at BTP Brighton, is leading the investigation. He explained: “At 9.00 pm, a 20-year-old man from Northern Ireland was using his Apple iPad on the 8.30 pm Brighton to Southampton Central service.
“As the train approached West Worthing, the suspect approached from behind, picked it up and ran away. As he tried to leave the train, the tablet fell out of his hand and the screen cracked.”
Within half an hour, the same suspect boarded another train, the late-running 7.17 pm London Victoria to Angmering service.
PC Burstow added: “As the train approached Durrington-on-Sea station at 9.20 pm, the suspect grabbed a Silver Apple Macbook Air worth £1,000, from a man sitting in the last carriage of the four-coach train.
“He ran off the train with it as the doors were closing and the victim was not able to pursue him.”
Anyone with information is asked contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting reference LSA/B8 of January 14th. Alternatively call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.