Men wanted after using 5-year-old to rob charity shop in “distraction theft”

Police in Merton need your help after two men used a young boy – believed to be aged just five years old – as part of a “distraction theft” while robbing a charity shop.

The incident took place at the Cancer Research shop on the High Street in Wimbledon back on the 11th October.

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CCTV shows that one man distracted the sales assistant while the other lifted a small boy over the till and got him to put a mobile phone in the front of his trousers.

The first suspect is described by cops “as a large white man in his early 30s with a brown beard, wearing a grey long sleeve top with a green logo on his left breast, grey cap, black shoulder bag, black shorts and black and white trainers.”

The second is described “as a large white man in his late 20s wearing a dark blue t-shirt, dark blue peaked cap, dark red trousers, white socks and dark shoes.”

“The boy involved is described as white with short brown hair, about five years old wearing a dark coloured top with a green and white image on the front, dark red trousers and black and white trainers.”

And PC Sue Clarke added: “We are keen to identify the two men in the CCTV footage who appear to use the child in their care to steal from those working in a cancer research shop. We would also urge anyone who witnessed the incident to contact us.”

Anyone with information or any witnesses are urged to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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