An unsuspecting victim had over £1,500 worth of technology stolen when a bag thief swiped their rucksack in a busy pub.

Captured on CCTV, the thief lingers around a group of people having drinks in a pub near Moorgate (EC2Y) on Thursday 10 October 2019, before using his foot to hook one of their bags from under their chair. He then drops an empty lookalike rucksack on the ground, before picking up the victim’s bag, which contained a laptop, iPad and some Bluetooth headphones, and walking out.

Officers from the City of London Police are asking the public if they recognise the thief whilst trying to raise awareness of the tactics being used by criminals in the Square Mile.

Detective Inspector Andrew Clarke, from the City of London Police, said:

“Between June and September 2019, we have seen a 43% increase in bag theft, mainly from licensed premises in the City.

“It’s important people keep an eye on their belongings when they are out and about and keep them within reach at all times. It can be easy to think your belongings are safe under a table or under a chair, but in reality, a busy pub or bar is the perfect environment for thieves to go unnoticed.

“This particular thief has perfected his criminal activity, and even comes equipped with an empty bag to leave in the place of the stolen one. We would urge anyone who recognises him to get in touch.”

Officers can be contacted about this case on 020 7601 2222. Please quote the reference number 19*544188. Alternatively, you can provide information anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers, via their website or by calling 0800 555 111.

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