Do you recognise women wanted in connection with Poppy Appeal box theft from Chelmsford Tesco?

CCTV of two women police would like to speak to after the theft of a Poppy Appeal box. Picture: ESSE

CCTV of two women police would like to speak to after the theft of a Poppy Appeal box. Picture: ESSEX POLICE - Credit: Archant

Thieves are reported to have used an advent calendar to conceal a Poppy Appeal box they had stolen from an Essex shop after a member of staff was distracted.

The charity cash and advent calendar were taken from the Tesco Express in Purbeck Court, Chelmsford, at around 4pm on Wednesday, November 1.

Essex Police wants to speak to two women, pictured on CCTV, in connection with the theft.

A police spokesman said the suspects had distracted a member of staff and then used the advent calendar to conceal the box before walking out.

Officers have appealed for anyone who recognises the two women to get in touch.


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Anyone with information is asked to contact Pc Clive Wilson at Chelmsford police station on 101 quoting crime reference 42/155750/17 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The Poppy Appeal is the Royal British Legion’s biggest fundraising campaign held every year in November.

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