Warning over female sex pest pickpocket
By BEN TRUSLOVE
Published on Thu Dec 02 10:57:24 GMT 2010
A WARNING has been issued after reports that a pickpocketing woman is approaching men in Peterborough city centre, groping them and stealing their wallet.
Police have issued the warning after a report that a 78-year-old man had his wallet stolen while at the Wortley Almshouses pub, in Westgate, Peterborough at around 3pm on November 24.
While the victim did not want to pursue the case the incident was reported to police by the pub’s manager Alex Savage on November 25 when the woman returned to the premises.
Despite police speaking to the woman at around 8pm on November 25 and warning her that her actions would be monitored, she was observed by officers approaching several men in Westgate and Broadway the same evening.
Officers warned her for a second time but she continued to approach men in Lincoln Road and in Burghley Road. One of the men she approached was asked if he wanted to pay her for sex.
City centre Sergeant Nikki Hall said while she did not grope or steal any items from the men she approached while she was monitored, her behaviour indicated that she was a “persistent offender” and not prepared to listen to the police.
She said: “We don’t have much of a problem with pickpockets in the city centre and we would like to keep it that way.
“But this woman appears to be a prolific offender, despite being warned several times.
“We think there might be a number of male victims who are too embarrassed to report it.
“It is an unusual offence but she seems quite good at it. We want to put a warning out especially in the run up to Christmas to be particularly careful.”
Mr Savage, from the Wortley Almshouses, said he also wanted to warn other pubs about the woman’s antics.
He said: “We saw her in the pub and were convinced it was her so we contacted the police. Unfortunately they couldn’t do anything because no crime had been reported.
“I suspect there are several of my regulars who have been victims but they are too embarrassed to admit it happened.
“They are ashamed that they were taken in and I think they don’t want to admit to their families they were talking to a younger woman.
“I think it’s disgusting what she is doing, not just the theft and the way she is doing it, but she seems to be targeting older vulnerable men.”
The woman is described as being from the Czech Republic, 5ft 4ins tall, heavily built with bleached blond hair and speaks very little English.
There have been two other reported but unrelated incidents of thefts from pockets in the city centre since November 1.
On November 3 a man had his wallet and phone stolen either in Queensgate Shopping Centre or Rivergate while another man had his wallet and phone stolen at Queensgate Shopping Centre between 1pm and 2.30pm on November 18. Neither of them saw the thief.