Who are these people?
Police have released CCTV images of people they wish
to speak to in connection with thefts at restaurants in
On March 3, 2012 at around 6.30pm, two men entered the
Harvester restaurant at the Five Bells and approached tables of
diners offering to sell them greetings cards.
Whilst distracting the victim with the cards, an Iphone worth
an estimated £350, was stolen from the table.
The suspects were described as two men with black untidy
hair, around 5’6” tall, rough looking and un-groomed. One had gold
Police believe the incident may be linked to a similar incident
which occurred a week later at Grand Central restaurant, Pipps
On March 10, 2012 at 9pm two women entered the restaurant
offering to sell similar items and handing out leaflets.
They placed the leaflets on a table and distracted
the victim whilst their Iphone was stolen from the table. Both
women are thought to be Romanian from the description witnesses
and police also want to speak to a man captured on the CCTV also as
part of their enquiries.
Investigating officer, Pc Steven Miller, said: "The suspects
firstly ask to change up a large quantity of notes at the bar
before they approach the tables of the diners, so we are asking all
restaurants in the area to be wary if they are approached by any
men or women matching these descriptions to change up money.
"On both occasions, these victims have been distracted by whatever
the suspects are trying to sell, and high value phones have been
"The CCTV of the men is quite clear, and we need to hear from you
if you know who they are. It is quite possible that they are
travelling to this area with the intent to commit crime, so if you
see them out and about, please call police immediately.
"In the mean time, we are advising people to ensure that
their personal belongings are kept secure at all times, and if you
are approached by anyone when you are out, be on your guard and
stay fully alert if you think their intentions may be
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Pc Steven Miller
at the Basildon area investigation team on 101 or call
Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.