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8 April 2011, 11:32
Police in Luton are asking local residents to be on their guard after at least three people have become victims of jewellery theft in Luton.
The recent incidents have been reported in Luton and Dunstable Hospital area of the town with the latest happening close to the bus stop on Lewsey Road on March 30 between 5.15pm and 5.50pm.
The victim was approached by a woman who said she needed help to get to the hospital as she was pregnant. Once in conversation with the victim the offender has been joined by a second woman who has tried to put a necklace around the victim’s neck and then grabbed the victim’s own jewellery.
The 58 year old victim in this instance has struggled and was assaulted by the offenders before they left the scene taking a necklace belonging to the victim.
The officer in charge of this investigation, PC Surfraz Hussain, said: “On each occasion the offenders have been described as women of eastern European appearance, wearing long skirts and head scarves.
“This scam has been recorded in the town previously with offenders trying to sell worthless jewellery to victims and putting it around their neck to try before removing the victim’s own jewellery with a slight of hand. We would urge people to remain vigilant to people approaching them on the street offering jewellery or other items of value for sale. We would also like to hear from anyone else who believes they may have been a victim of this type of theft.”
Anyone with information can contact PC Surfraz Hussain at Luton Police Station, in confidence, on 01582 394052, or text 07786 200011, or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.