By Connie Osborne Thursday 10 October 2013 Updated: 11/10 09:51
A MAN had his £500 gold chain stolen while sitting in his car.
The 61-year-old victim was parked in a disabled bay off the Ringway about 2.20pm on Tuesday (October 8), when the incident happened.
He was reading a newspaper while he waited for his wife, when a man poked his head through the open window and asked for directions and also opened the door.
The victim thought the man could be trying to steal his car, so he took his keys out of the ignition and moved his mobile phone.
While he was distracted, the man put a fake gold ring on his hand and a fake gold chain around his neck before the victim pushed him away.
The thief then walked away heading down Unicorn Hill towards the town centre, when the 61-year-old realised his own 20 inch gold chain, which was of sentimental value, had been taken.
The offender was Asian, wearing a navy blue zip up tracksuit top, and was clean shaven.
He spoke in broken English with what sounded like a Middle Eastern accent.
PC Samantha Moore of West Mercia Police said: "It is not the first report of a victim being distracted and then having their own jewellery switched for other jewellery which turns out to be worthless rubbish, but there have not been similar reports for some time.
"We are appealing for witnesses, and we also want to warn people to be vigilant, especially if they are approached by someone asking for directions, as this is one of the techniques offenders use to distract them."
She added these types of offences seemed to increase in the run up to Christmas, so residents needed to be alert.
Witnesses or anyone with any information should contact PC Moore on the non-emergency number 101 quoting incident 317-s-081013 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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