POLICE have named the man they want to speak to over the theft of an iPhone snatched from a baby girl’s hands.
Kenneth Rimmer, 72, is wanted for questioning by Lancashire Police over the theft at Hype clothes store in Ormskirk.
Officers have taken the unusual step of releasing his name to appeal for the public’s help in tracing him.
Police want to speak to Rimmer – who is believed to live in Ermine Crescent, Everton, and has links to Bootle and Sefton – in connection with the theft from Luella Reid in the Church Street store on September 22.
Luella, from Kirkby, had been watching a film of Barney the dinosaur on her mother Danielle Hinnigan’s iPhone when the thief struck as her mother turned to browse a rack of clothes.
CCTV footage released to the ECHO after the theft showed the man standing in front of the pram and looking around before leaning forward. He then appeared to prise the phone from the youngster’s grasp and walk away, stuffing it into his pocket.
After the pictures were featured in the ECHO on October 3 the man in the images was recognised by police in Merseyside who liaised with their Lancashire colleagues to try to track him down.
But despite repeated checks at his registered address he has not surfaced and police believe he may now be living at another address in Merseyside, Sefton or West Lancs.
Rimmer – who is believed to have now grown a moustache – is also wanted by Merseyside police for failing to appear in court after being charged in connection with the theft of a woman’s handbag in Birkenhead Market Hall on June 6. Wirral Magistrates Court has issued a warrant for his arrest after he failed to appear at a hearing on October 17.
Sgt Paul Bamber said: “Kenneth Rimmer is the key suspect in this despicable theft from a helpless young child.
“As we’ve been unable to track him down we have decided to appeal to the public for help in finding him. If anyone has any information I would urge them to contact PC Holdsworth on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”