A CCTV photo of a man suspected of stealing laptops from passengers on the West Coast rail line has been posted on the BBC website.
Eight thefts, mainly of laptop cases, have been reported on the line between Carlisle and Crewe since 3 September, according to the BBC report
Andy Cordial, managing director at storage systems integration specialist Origin, said that although the laptop thief has been captured on CCTV - and his image published on the BBC news site - the culprit will be difficult to catch.
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"The section of the line on which the laptop thief appears to be operating - Stockport to Manchester - is one of the busiest outside of London, with Manchester Piccadilly station offering a lot of escape routes, and he is going to be difficult to catch, especially if he changes his appearance," he said.