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Man cautioned for theft from pensioner - Sunderland

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A man has been given a conditional caution and repaid the money he stole from a 71-year-old woman in Sunderland.

Following two media appeals by British Transport Police in December last year and January this year, a 20-year-old man came forward to police and has been issued with a conditional caution.

The theft happened on Monday 14 November last year, when £375 was stolen from a woman’s handbag on the Metro line in Sunderland.

All of the stolen money has now been recovered and returned to the victim, along with a letter of apology.

Investigating officer, PC Ian Hancox, said: “Following the second media appeal in relation to this theft, a man was interviewed and subsequently cautioned for this offence.

“I hope that this offers some form of closure to the victim, who also had her money returned to her along with a letter of apology from the offender.

“The Metro is a very safe way to travel around the Tyne and Wear area.  More than 100,000 passenger journeys are made on the Metro every day and incidents like this are very rare.

“We have a lot of crime prevention advice that we offer to the public including for example using a bag with a shoulder strap that means you can carry your bag across your body and keep it on your lap while seated on the train. This way, there’s no risk of leaving it behind.

“You can also avoid carrying large amounts of cash on you by using a debit card or cash card, which you can ask your bank for if you don’t already have one.

“I am pleased that the offender in this case has identified himself, accepted responsibility for his actions and shown full remorse.”

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