Stallholder lost cash, phone and order book in theft at Party in the Ponds

July 03 2019
Stallholder lost cash, phone and order book in theft at Party in the Ponds

A STALLHOLDER at this year’s Party in the Ponds has thanked people who stepped up to help after she was targeted by thieves at the event.

Pauline Mccaig Scott lost her cash box, mobile phone and sales book, containing details of customers orders, in the incident.

Police are appealing for anyone who saw a woman and youth suspected of carrying out the theft, at the event in Fishponds Park on June 22, to come forward with information.

Pauline says she lost the details of a couple who had just placed an order with her in the theft and she is hoping they will recognise themselves and come forward, as she is making their order for them.

The theft happened when a woman came up to Pauline’s stall and snatched a knitted neck warmer from the table as she spoke to a customer. While Pauline was distracted, a youth grabbed her Sony Experia L1G3311 phone, a black cash box – containing up to £50, business cards and a money clip – and her sales book, which has a white, hard cover with a comic cats’ heads design and contains details of her last three years’ sales.

A witness saw the pair escape in a car but it could not be traced.

Pauline said: “I need to put a message out to the lovely couple that ordered and paid cash for an item to be knitted. Their contact details were in my sales book. He had a lovely moustache and his wife showed me some photos of her lovely crochet she does. Could this couple please contact me on the number on the business card I gave you, with the receipt for the cash on the reverse? I have purchased the materials and am in the process of making the item.

I would also like to thank the lovely people of Fishponds who came and donated cash to me when they heard what had happened. I am a pensioner and do these events to supplement my pension. I was having a lovely day up until that point.”

Pauline also thanked PCSO Anita Perks for her help and to two friends who helped her load her car, saying: “You all restored my faith in human nature and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

An Avon and Somerset police spokesperson said the incident had happened at about 4pm and afterwards the two suspects ran across Fishponds Road and into Beechwood Road, where they are thought to have got into a car.

The woman is described as slightly built and was wearing very bright colours at the time of the theft.

The spokesperson said: “We would like to hear from anyone who was in Fishponds Road near to the park or Beechwood Road around the time of the incident, who may have information to help our enquiries.”

Anyone with information should call 101 and quote the crime reference number 5219 140 209.

Read our Party in the Ponds round-up and pictures here.