An 80-year-old woman had a gold necklace stolen from around her neck in bizarre circumstances on Tuesday, police announced today.
The incident took place between 1pm and 1.15pm on Leverstock Green Road.
The victim got off the bus on St Albans Road and walked onto Leverstock Green Road where she was approached by a dirty dark blue four door saloon car, opposite Highland Drive.
The rear seat passenger asked for directions to Hemel Hospital. He is described as a white man, aged in his early 20s with light coloured hair and wearing a light blue bomber style jacket with a badge on the front and a white zip.
The victim leaned towards the car and he offered her a gold chain which she refused.
He pulled her closer towards the car and put his hands around her head with the chain, this then slipped down onto her neck and the car drove off. The victim felt her neck and realised her own gold chain necklace had been taken.
The car sped off and turned onto St Albans Road. The front seat passenger is described as possibly Asian, but with tanned skin and dark hair, around 20 to 25 years old with a round face.
Detective Constable Helen Godsave, from the Local Crime Unit in Hemel Hempstead, said: “I would like to appeal to anyone who saw this incident. It happened quickly but you may have seen this blue car pulled over, and the occupants talking with the woman.
“Have you been approached by these men in similar circumstances? The description of the main offender and his clothing is very distinct. Do you recognise this person?
“I would ask anyone who may be approached in this way in the future not to get close to the car and do not engage in conversation with the occupants of the vehicle.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Godsave via the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference D1/15/935.
You can also provide information anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers via 0800 555 111.