Manchester trainer shopper scam thief hands himself in

Market Street, Manchester Image copyright Emma Farrer
Image caption Police believe the victim was doubly unlucky - as well as losing £260, he had been trying to buy trainers before they even went on sale

A teenager who ran away with cash given to him by a trusting shopper has handed himself in to police.

Trying to bypass a store's rules preventing anybody buying more than one pair of limited-edition trainers, the shopper asked two strangers for help.

He gave them £260 but, after becoming briefly distracted, discovered that the pair had vanished with the money from the shop in Market Street, Manchester.

Police said a 17-year-old boy had been in touch, wanting to repay his victim.

Greater Manchester Police's city centre team tweeted: "Update on £260 trainer money thief. After seeing MEN [Manchester Evening News] article, 17 yr old handed himself in + promises to return money."

Officers are still trying to find the other suspected thief.

The 34-year-old victim's problems were compounded by the fact he had gone to the shop "apparently a day early" for the release of the new Adidas trainers.

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