British Transport Police are appealing for information after an army officer had his luggage, including his ceremonial belt which was later found in Doncaster, stolen on board a train travelling between Edinburgh and Peterborough on Friday, November 8.
The man’s bag was found in Doncaster town centre last week, and after searching the bag, it was discovered that his belt was missing.
Since then, the belt has been found after it was located close to St James Street, in Doncaster, but officers are still investigating to find out who stole the bag from the train.
PC Roy Percival is investigating.
He said: “The victim, a 24-year-old Second Lieutenant with the Three Rifles regiment in Edinburgh, was travelling on the 6.29pm Edinburgh to Peterborough service.”
“When the train arrived at Peterborough, he noticed his bag was missing and reported the theft to police.”
After officers launched an investigation, it was discovered that the bag was taken from the train as the service arrived into Doncaster station.
Police are appealing to anyone who may have been on board the train and witnessed the theft, or who may know who took the bag, to come forward.
PC Percival added: “Due to the loss of some of his equipment, the victim was unable to participate in his Remembrance Sunday duties, which is an immensely important and proud part of his role.
“Although we are pleased to have reunited the victim with his belongings, we will still pursue the theft and try and establish who stole the bag.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 quoting background reference NEA/B11 of 21/11/2013. Information can also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.