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Police release images of Penzance bike theft suspect

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: January 23, 2014

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BRITISH Transport Police have released CCTV images of a suspect in the theft of a specialist mountain bike from a train travelling from Penzance just after Christmas.

Officers said they wanted to speak to a man pictured on camera in connection with the theft on Saturday, December 28.

Police said the 38-year-old owner of the bike put his white and red Hard Rock bicycle in the storage compartment on the 17.39 service to London Paddington, but when he got off at Truro it was gone.

"Inquiries have been ongoing since the theft to discover who took the cycle," said investigating officer PC Wayne Frost.

"I'm today able to release a photograph of a man I'd like to speak to, as I believe he will have key information about this incident."

PC Frost said bicycles unfortunately remained a "desirable target" for many thieves at stations, but the BTP was cracking down on this type of crime, with a team dedicated to tackling the issue.

"We're undertaking plain-clothes and high-profile operations to catch thieves in the act," he said. "We're also working closely with cycle and second-hand shops in the area and are monitoring online auction and advertising sites to make it more difficult for thieves to sell on stolen property."

Anyone with information about the theft described is being asked to call the BTP on Freephone 0800 405040 or text 61016, or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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