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WATCH: Young boy, 5, grabs Candle Shop worker’s mobile phone in distraction theft at The Glades

PUBLISHED: 12:46 11 September 2017 | UPDATED: 12:46 11 September 2017

Police in Bromley are appealing for the public's help after a man used a young boy as part of a distraction theft at a candle shop.

Police in Bromley are appealing for the public's help after a man used a young boy as part of a distraction theft at a candle shop.

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The incident happened on August 30

Footage of a young boy appearing to grab a shop worker’s mobile phone as a man distracts his victim has been released by Met Police.

Police are appealing to find the man filmed with the youngster, thought to be as young as five, after they were called to The Glades shopping centre in Bromley at 4.50pm on Wednesday, August 30.

Footage caught the suspect standing by the tills, distracting the victim by pretending to want to buy a candle, while the young boy runs behind the till, pinching the Samsung Galaxy S7.

Officers believe the youngster also tried to open a till.

A spokesperson from Met Police said: “The suspect is described as a large white man, aged in his mid 30s, 5ft 7ins tall, with short brown hair and a beard. He was wearing a brown hat, brown jacket, blue jeans and black shoes.

“The boy, who is believed to be approximately five-years-old, is described as white, with short brown hair. He was wearing a blue coat and dark trousers.”

PC Ben Briselden said: “We are keen to identify the man in the CCTV footage who appears to use the child in their care to steal from those working in a candle shop. We would also urge anyone who witnessed the incident to contact us.”

Witnesses or anyone with information is urged to call police on 101 or by tweeting @MetCC. To give information anonymously, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

No arrests have been made and enquiries continue.

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