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Customer thanked after she chased shoplifters

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: February 05, 2013

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A CUSTOMER and shop staff at a town centre fashion store gave chase when two men stole armfuls of clothes.

Designer jackets were among the items stolen from Young Ideas in St John Street on Saturday afternoon by two men who were pursued by a staff member and a customer.

Police officers are now studying CCTV footage in a bid to identify the men.

A Derbyshire Constabulary spokesman said: “Two men entered the store and browsed the displays at around 2.20pm.

“About 10 minutes later they grabbed a lot of items off hangers and ran out of the door.

“A customer gave chase.”

At about 2.45pm the two men took a number of items including Burberry coats and Moschino jackets and ran out of the shop. They were chased to Market Place but managed to evade their pursuers by dashing into an alleyway and running off towards Union Street.

A witness appeal has now been launched by police and officers have asked for anyone with information about the theft, or who may be able to identify the culprits, to get in touch.

Descriptions of the two men were issued to the News Telegraph on Monday.

The first man was thought to be in his mid to late 20s with short, dark, cropped hair.

He was wearing a long-sleeved black top with a puffa gilet, denim jeans and black trainers with white soles.

The second man has been described as in his late 20s with short, dark, cropped hair. He wore a long-sleeved black utility style belted coat with demin jeans.

Young Ideas proprietor, Anne Wright said: “I would certainly like to thank the customer who gave chase. The men had Liverpool accents and they must have had a car waiting nearby so if anyone has information I’d appeal to them to get in touch with the police.”

Anyone with information can telephone Derbyshire Police on 101 or call Crimstoppers on 0800 555 111.

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