Alert on bogus seller

Police hunt
Police hunt

POLICE are hunting for a ‘bogus’ Big Issue seller.

The man struck on July 8 stealing a mobile phone and money from a pub in Scarborough and estate agents in Pickering and Filey. He also stole a 9ct gold ring from a shop in Whitby.

The man walked into each business carrying a number of magazines which he claimed to be selling, before placing them over the items, or using them to distract people while stealing phones and cash.

The offender, who is aged in his late 20s to mid 30s, is around 5ft 6in to 5ft 7in tall with a thin build, short black hair and a dark skin tone. At the time of the offences he was wearing a black raincoat or jacket over a white tee-shirt.

The man is suspected of committing similar offences in York, Harrogate and Ripon between April 2 and May 16 this year.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Jim Allen at York Police Station on 08456060247 quoting reference 12110112937.