Police hunt wallet thief

Battery Parade in Whitby
Battery Parade in Whitby

A search is underway in Whitby as police attempt to locate a man who tried to steal a wallet this afternoon.

The would-be thief was foiled by the victim’s own daughter, who chased the man down and was able to recover her father’s coat, which had his wallet inside.

However, the man fled the scene and a search is now underway throughout the West Cliff area.

The attempted theft took place at around 3.50pm this afternoon outside a cafe on Battery Parade, when the man grabbed the victim’s coat and attempted to flee the scene.

A police spokesperson described him as in his 30s, with a large build, black hair and he was wearing a dark polo shirt.

Anyone with any information is urged to call Whitby Police on 101.