POLICE are searching for a lingerie shop thief who went in for a present and left with a phone.

Officers released a CCTV image of a man suspected of stealing a member of staff’s iPhone from Boutique 65 in Crouch Street, Colchester.

The suspect told staff he wanted a gift for his mother but is believed to instead have taken a phone from a chair.

The incident happened at about 3.40pm on Sunday, December 16, but details have only just been released after attempts by officers to find him failed.

PC Amanda Cook said: “The man was about 5ft 6in tall and of slight build.
“He had black slightly wavy hair and slight stubble.

“He is thought to have an eastern European accent. We believe that the man drove away in a gold-coloured car which was possibly a BMW.”

Anyone who knows who the man call PC Cook at Colchester police station on 101.