British Transport Police officers are appealing for help after a suitcase was stolen from a train at Kettering.
Officers have today released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to in connection with the incident, which took place on the 3pm London St Pancras to Corby service on Friday, April 5.
PC Michael Thomson said: “The victim, a 20-year-old woman from Kent, boarded the train at St Pancras station, placing her suitcase in the luggage rack at the end of the train carriage.
“On arrival at Corby station, she discovered her luggage was missing.
“After viewing CCTV, two men entered the carriage after the train left Bedford at about 4pm and loitered around the luggage rack.
“One of them then took the bag from the luggage rack before they both left the service at Kettering.”
Officers have now identified a man pictured in CCTV stills who they would like to speak to as they believe he will have information which will assist the investigation into the theft.
Issuing advice to passengers, PC Thomson added: “We take the theft of passenger property extremely seriously and one of our primary policing objectives is to reduce the number of people who become a victim.
“Always keep your belongings close by, check them regularly and be extra vigilant when your train stops at a station.
“If you move to another carriage, take your valuables with you – never leave them unattended and report any suspicious behaviour to staff or a police officer.”
Anyone with information which could assist the investigation is encouraged to call British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 quoting reference number B5/NEA of 12/06/13.
Alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Don’t be a victim
Here are a few simple tips from British Transport Police to protect yourself and your possessions:
Carry wallets, mobiles and other small valuables in a secure inside pocket.
Carry your handbag in a secure position in front of your body. Keep all fasteners closed and ensure they are facing towards your body.
When on stations or trains look for CCTV cameras and try to stay within view.
Register all your electronic equipment at www.immobilise.com.
Always keep your belongings close by.
Check your luggage regularly.
Be extra vigilant when the train stops at a station.
If you move to another carriage, take your valuables with you – never leave them unattended.
Report suspicious behaviour to a member of staff or a police officer.
Put a lock on your suitcase, preferably with a code on it, to make it more difficult for the thief to access your belongings.
Attach a tag to your luggage with your name and address on so that if it is a simple act of mistaken identity, your case can be returned to you.