Police search for Worthing car thieves

Police would like to speak to these men in connection with the theft. Photo: Sussex Police
Police would like to speak to these men in connection with the theft. Photo: Sussex Police

Police would like to speak to two men in relation to the theft of a car in Worthing.

The victim, an 18-year-old local man, was at the Broadwater public house in Broadwater Street, Worthing, on Friday (May, 12).

He left his jacket, containing his car keys, on the back of a chair close to the pool tables, police said.

At around 9pm, two men who had been playing pool walked over to the chair.

One of them put on the victims jacket before they both left the pub, a police spokesperson said.

Before the victim had realised what had happened, the two suspects had got into his white Ford Fiesta which was parked in the rear pub car park and driven off, the spokesperson said.

The vehicle was recovered in Brooklands Park, Lancing, the following morning, police added.

The first suspect, described as having dark hair and a beard, is the one responsible for taking the coat and driving the vehicle.

The second suspect, who left with the first, sat in the passenger seat as they drove away.

Police Investigator Robert Rollins said: “Both suspects have been seen in this particular pub previously and so we are hopeful that anyone who drinks in there regularly may recognise them.

“It is possible that they live in the Lancing area and fancied a free ride home as that’s where the vehicle was discovered the next day.”

We are asking for anyone who recognises the men in the CCTV footage or was in the area at the time and may have seen something to get in touch.

You can report online at https://sussex.police.uk/contact-us/response-to-appeal/ or call police on 101 quoting serial 1527 of 12/05.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously via https://crimestoppers-uk.org/ or call 0800 555 111.

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