Police appeal to trace owner of stolen camera

CRIME: Police have released a selection of holiday snaps found in a stolen camera

CRIME: Police have released a selection of holiday snaps found in a stolen camera

Do you recognise these snaps?

Police are trying to trace the owner of a digital camera seized as they searched a car thief who was caught loitering in Lostock Hall, near Preston.

More than 200 precious family holiday photographs were found on the pinkish-red Nikon Coolpix camera.

They show a couple and their son on a sunny holiday, possibly in Mexico as one of the pictures is taken close to a Mayan-style monument.

The thief – Bernard Rawston, 39, of no fixed abode – has just been jailed by Preston Magistrates Court for 18 weeks after admitting two counts of thefts from motor vehicles on June 8.

Detectives are now keen to trace the family, who they believe are from Lancashire, and have released some of the pictures in a bid to track them down and reunite them with the stolen camera.

DC Warren Gibson, of South Target Team, said: “The camera does not correspond to the two thefts he was convicted of. We believe there may have been car crimes that haven’t been reported.

“We want to reunite this family with their precious holiday pictures.

“By the look of it they had a fantastic time and I’m certain they will be devastated that their pictures were stolen.

“If you recognise yourself or know the family in the pictures please contact us.

“The offender hails from the Blackburn area but was committing crimes in Lostock Hall so potentially the family could be from anywhere in Lancashire.”

Anyone with information should contact DC Warren Gibson at Chorley Target team on 01257 246278 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.




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