THIEVES have stolen £70,000 in cash from an 81-year-old man who had travelled to Portsmouth to buy a house.
The man flew into Heathrow airport from his home in Thailand with £70,000 in Australian dollars and Thai baht in a large black holdall bag.
He then got a National Express coach from Heathrow to Portsmouth, leaving the airport at 4.45pm on Tuesday.
The coach stopped at Winchester by King Alfred’s statue around 6.30pm, Southampton Coach station about 7.15pm, shortly followed by Southampton University, before arriving at The Hard in Portsmouth at around 8pm.
When the man looked in the hold for his bag with the driver of the coach it was missing.
Police say the victim had brought the money over from his home in Thailand with a view to purchasing a property in the UK.
PC Leigh Waller, of Portsmouth Central police station, said: ‘We would like to hear from anyone who was on the coach, to eliminate them from our investigation, or from anyone else who may have been at any of the stopping points at the relevant times.
‘In case the bag has been stolen, we’d also like alert shopkeepers and bankers to the possibility that the thief may try to change a large quantity of Australian dollars or Thai baht into UK currency in the near future.’
Anyone with information should contact PC Waller at Portsmouth Central police station on 101 or the anonymous Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.