Appeal after dad and toddler robbed in beauty spot

Essex County Standard: Dad and toddler robbed in Highwoods Country Park Dad and toddler robbed in Highwoods Country Park

A DAD and toddler were robbed in a Colchester beauty spot.

The pair were walking through Highwoods Country Park when the dad’s rucksack was ripped from his back.

It contained an iPad and sunglasses, worth almost £1,000.

The father, aged in his thirties, was pushing his young daughter in a buggy through the park near to the visitor centre, where the incident was reported, on Sunday at 11.15am.

DC Adele Brown, investigating officer, said: “As he turned to look he saw a man running off his bag.

“He was not injured but the bag contained personal items including sunglasses and an iPad worth nearly £1,000.”

The suspect, who was only seen from behind, is white, with short dark hair, had very red ears and was of medium build He is thought to be about 5ft 7ins or 5ft 8ins tall and was wearing a black hooded top, grey jogging bottoms and black trainers.

An Essex Police spokeswoman added: “We would particularly like to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time and may have seen this person either before or after the incident took place.”

Anyone with information should contact DC Adele Brown at Colchester CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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6:00pm Wed 30 Apr 14

SOMETHING2SAY says...

Terrible......also terrible for the mugger with red ears.....easy catch !
Terrible......also terrible for the mugger with red ears.....easy catch ! SOMETHING2SAY
  • Score: 12

7:04pm Wed 30 Apr 14

seikothrill says...

£1000 - really?

iPad - £550 tops meaning sunnies are £450

Top of the range sunnies are no more than £300
£1000 - really? iPad - £550 tops meaning sunnies are £450 Top of the range sunnies are no more than £300 seikothrill
  • Score: -28

7:07pm Wed 30 Apr 14

seikothrill says...

seikothrill wrote:
£1000 - really?

iPad - £550 tops meaning sunnies are £450

Top of the range sunnies are no more than £300
Pressed wrong button

I was also meant to say what a lowlife stealing from father and YOUNG daughter.

I wish these thiefs when caught received sterner sentences from the Courts
[quote][p][bold]seikothrill[/bold] wrote: £1000 - really? iPad - £550 tops meaning sunnies are £450 Top of the range sunnies are no more than £300[/p][/quote]Pressed wrong button I was also meant to say what a lowlife stealing from father and YOUNG daughter. I wish these thiefs when caught received sterner sentences from the Courts seikothrill
  • Score: 13

9:09pm Wed 30 Apr 14

pjhrt says...

seikothrill wrote:
£1000 - really?

iPad - £550 tops meaning sunnies are £450

Top of the range sunnies are no more than £300
Right, and that's the most important part of this story, is it? It also states that the iPad and sunglasses were among the items taken.

Hopefully the little girl will be too young to remember it.
[quote][p][bold]seikothrill[/bold] wrote: £1000 - really? iPad - £550 tops meaning sunnies are £450 Top of the range sunnies are no more than £300[/p][/quote]Right, and that's the most important part of this story, is it? It also states that the iPad and sunglasses were among the items taken. Hopefully the little girl will be too young to remember it. pjhrt
  • Score: 15

9:27pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Misski says...

Something seems a bit odd..how did the man rip it off his back without a struggle and turn to see him running off with it...and as everyone else said how can an iPad and sunglasses equate to nearly £1000 hhmmmmm
Something seems a bit odd..how did the man rip it off his back without a struggle and turn to see him running off with it...and as everyone else said how can an iPad and sunglasses equate to nearly £1000 hhmmmmm Misski
  • Score: -11

7:31am Thu 1 May 14

Chenabian says...

Well, somebody can spot them despite they were wearing some sort of personalized sunglasses.
Well, somebody can spot them despite they were wearing some sort of personalized sunglasses. Chenabian
  • Score: 0

8:52am Thu 1 May 14

Citizen 139 says...

Misski wrote:
Something seems a bit odd..how did the man rip it off his back without a struggle and turn to see him running off with it...and as everyone else said how can an iPad and sunglasses equate to nearly £1000 hhmmmmm
Top end iPad is £739 (128gb & cellular), and you can easily buy a pair of Rayban/Oakleys for £150 and then add prescription lenses and that you won't get much change from £150.
[quote][p][bold]Misski[/bold] wrote: Something seems a bit odd..how did the man rip it off his back without a struggle and turn to see him running off with it...and as everyone else said how can an iPad and sunglasses equate to nearly £1000 hhmmmmm[/p][/quote]Top end iPad is £739 (128gb & cellular), and you can easily buy a pair of Rayban/Oakleys for £150 and then add prescription lenses and that you won't get much change from £150. Citizen 139
  • Score: 6

8:53am Thu 1 May 14

wormshero says...

Misski wrote:
Something seems a bit odd..how did the man rip it off his back without a struggle and turn to see him running off with it...and as everyone else said how can an iPad and sunglasses equate to nearly £1000 hhmmmmm
Could be a shoulder bag, they're not massively hard to steal, and it said the ipad and sunglasses were among items that came to near £1000. In this day and age a lot people carry around more than that in one go - phones can cost £400-500+, a nice pair of sunglasses would be around £150, MP3 player and headphones if you have them another £400, in this case an ipad, another £400. Sometimes it actually worries me a little how much everything adds up to, even on days when traveling light I'd have a smartphone and an ipod, but then that's what you pay insurance for, I guess.
[quote][p][bold]Misski[/bold] wrote: Something seems a bit odd..how did the man rip it off his back without a struggle and turn to see him running off with it...and as everyone else said how can an iPad and sunglasses equate to nearly £1000 hhmmmmm[/p][/quote]Could be a shoulder bag, they're not massively hard to steal, and it said the ipad and sunglasses were among items that came to near £1000. In this day and age a lot people carry around more than that in one go - phones can cost £400-500+, a nice pair of sunglasses would be around £150, MP3 player and headphones if you have them another £400, in this case an ipad, another £400. Sometimes it actually worries me a little how much everything adds up to, even on days when traveling light I'd have a smartphone and an ipod, but then that's what you pay insurance for, I guess. wormshero
  • Score: 1

8:12pm Thu 1 May 14

ClactonObserver says...

These scumbag lowlifes need to be caught asap! Would be good to fit a hidden tracker into expensive pieces of technology, to help catch thief's and or even to help you track your item if you lose it.
These scumbag lowlifes need to be caught asap! Would be good to fit a hidden tracker into expensive pieces of technology, to help catch thief's and or even to help you track your item if you lose it. ClactonObserver
  • Score: 0

9:47am Fri 2 May 14

wormshero says...

ClactonObserver wrote:
These scumbag lowlifes need to be caught asap! Would be good to fit a hidden tracker into expensive pieces of technology, to help catch thief's and or even to help you track your item if you lose it.
Well, most wirelessly connected things do, but it's fairly easy for criminals to either block the signal or remove the power. GPS signal dies in most houses, although tracking that way is possible if people act fast, and other trackers have a fairly limited range. If, for example, your smart phone gets stolen, there's tracking sites, presuming you signed up initially, but testing mine now it knows what city i'm in, nothing more.
[quote][p][bold]ClactonObserver[/bold] wrote: These scumbag lowlifes need to be caught asap! Would be good to fit a hidden tracker into expensive pieces of technology, to help catch thief's and or even to help you track your item if you lose it.[/p][/quote]Well, most wirelessly connected things do, but it's fairly easy for criminals to either block the signal or remove the power. GPS signal dies in most houses, although tracking that way is possible if people act fast, and other trackers have a fairly limited range. If, for example, your smart phone gets stolen, there's tracking sites, presuming you signed up initially, but testing mine now it knows what city i'm in, nothing more. wormshero
  • Score: 0

7:04pm Sat 3 May 14

oOI Daza IOo says...

ClactonObserver wrote:
These scumbag lowlifes need to be caught asap! Would be good to fit a hidden tracker into expensive pieces of technology, to help catch thief's and or even to help you track your item if you lose it.
You can actually track these, ie; the Find My iPhone app, AVG Security is another one. They also take photos and send them to the Police and your personal email
[quote][p][bold]ClactonObserver[/bold] wrote: These scumbag lowlifes need to be caught asap! Would be good to fit a hidden tracker into expensive pieces of technology, to help catch thief's and or even to help you track your item if you lose it.[/p][/quote]You can actually track these, ie; the Find My iPhone app, AVG Security is another one. They also take photos and send them to the Police and your personal email oOI Daza IOo
  • Score: 0

7:05pm Sat 3 May 14

oOI Daza IOo says...

AVG locates the phone to the street, even the house number it's at. I use it and had to use it once, it's a fantastic app
AVG locates the phone to the street, even the house number it's at. I use it and had to use it once, it's a fantastic app oOI Daza IOo
  • Score: -1

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