Champagne Theft From Co-op In Southsea

Police have released CCTV of a man they want to speak to following a theft and assault in Southsea.

At around 1.50pm on Sunday, February 19 a man walked into the Co-op on Albert Road, Southsea.  Once inside he picked up three bottles of champagne and placed one of the bottles in a bag he was carrying.  
 
He then tried to leave the shop without paying for ther bottles, and was stopped by a security officer.  
 
Two bottles were recovered by the security officer but when he tried to get the bottle from the bag, the offender punched him in the chest.  The offender then ran off up Albert Road, pursued by another member of staff, who was also punched as he triedto stop him.
 
The security officer received bruised ribs, and the other member of staff sustained a black eye.
 
The bottle of champage was worth £28.99.
 
The man police want to speak to is described as:
 
White
Aged in his early 20s 
Slim build
Approximately 5ft 10ins
He had thick, dark brown, scruffy hair; approximately collar length
He was wearing a blue puffa jacket, a t-shirt with thick red and blue horizontal stripes, and black shoes
 
PC David Tester, said: “I am appealing for anyone who recognises the man in the CCTV to come forward and speak to us.
 
“This incident occurred at lunchtime in a busy part of town, and the suspect was seen to run east along Albert Road.  Someone must have seen this man as he ran, anyone who has any information about the incident to help identify this man, or where he went,should contact us.”
 
Anyone with any information should contact PC Tester at Fratton police station on 101 or call Crimestoppers, the charity, annonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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