Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Kissing thief steals Southampton woman's jewellery

A thief pretended to hug and kiss a woman in order to steal the jewellery she was wearing.

Police said the 68-year-old was walking along Butts Road in Sholing, Southampton, on Sunday when a car pulled up and dropped off two women.

They came up to her and told her they had some free jewellery and placed rings and a necklace on her. One gave her a hug and kissed her and they left.

The victim realised that her own gold necklace and bracelets were missing.

The thieves were described as Asian. One was "quite tubby" with dark hair, in her 30s and about 5ft 1in tall.

She was wearing a pink cardigan and a brightly-coloured head scarf.

Man driving car

The other woman was skinny with long dark hair, aged about 25 and was wearing a short coat and long black skirt. She was also wearing a brightly-coloured head scarf.

The driver of the Vauxhall Astra car, which they came and left in, was also said to be Asian. He had a chubby face, black goatee beard and black hair and was aged in his late 30s to early 40s.

Pc Dan Rainscourt, of Hampshire police, said: "This was a brazen theft from a vulnerable woman in broad daylight along a well-used road.

"Whilst the victim wasn't physically threatened the incident has left her very shaken and she is understandably worried about going out in public again."

He appealed for witnesses to contact police.

"I'd also like to hear from anyone else who may have been subjected to something similar but has not yet reported it," he added.

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