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Drive-by thief uses distraction technique to steal necklace

Posted on 28th March 2017

We’re issuing a warning after a pedestrian had her necklace stolen by a thief in a car who asked for directions.

The victim was walking in Normanton Lane in Littleover when she passed a blue/grey Toyota Avensis.

As she went by, a woman in the car asked her for directions to the hospital, before getting out and placing a bunch of jewellery in the victim’s hand.

She then reached up and looped a necklace around the victim’s neck, after which she climbed back in the car and it was driven off by a man who had stayed inside.

A short time later the victim realised her own gold chain, which was of sentimental value, was missing.

The thief spoke with broken English, was wearing a black hijab, had a round face and was described as being of large build but small in height, about 5ft 4ins.

The driver was Asian and had a beard along his lower jaw, which was black with blond flecks.

We want people to be aware of the incident and to be vigilant if they experience something similar.

Our officers also want to hear from anyone who might recognise the descriptions of the pair, or knows a Toyota Avensis driver matching the man’s description.

If you can help, call DC Hayley Jones on 101, quoting reference 17000116461.

Alternatively, send her a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website

You can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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