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Police hunting purse-snatching Theresa May lookalike

The tea leaf and the Tory: Police released a CCTV still of the thief, who resembles former PM Theresa May (right) PICTURES: SWNS

A GREY-HAIRED thief being hunted by police for stealing a woman’s purse from a shop has been mocked online for looking like Theresa May.

West Mercia Police posted an appeal after the victim had her wallet pinched from a store in Hereford on the morning of December 11 last year.

The force today released a CCTV image of the middle aged-looking suspect wearing a red jacket similar to the one regularly donned by the former prime minister.

Web users were quick to point out the ‘striking resemblance’ to the current Tory MP for Maidenhead after the appeal was uploaded to social media.

Graeme Whittaker wrote on Facebook: ‘Bizarrely the following post shows a photo of Theresa May and it looks just like her especially the hair and red jacket.’

Steve O’Callaghan joked: ‘Looks like Theresa May fell on tough times after the Brexit fallout.’

Tim West commented: ‘Oh Theresa, surely times aren’t that hard? I’m sure Boris and his chums would lend you a fiver.’

Larry Donovan said: ‘There’s a striking resemblance there to our former PM. Lol.’

But another commenter, Andy Boast, thought the suspect looked more like the German chancellor, writing: ‘I think it’s Angela Merkel.’

Doppelgänger: Some think German chancellor Mrs Merkel (right) is nearer the mark PICTURES: SWNS/REX

Officers investigating the theft said the victim accidentally left her purse on the counter, before another woman put her newspaper over the top of it and left the shop.

A West Mercia Police spokesperson said: ‘We are appealing for information and releasing a CCTV image following a theft inside a Hereford store.

‘On Friday, December 11, at around 10.30am, a woman had been in the store on Whitecross Road when it is understood that she left her wallet on the counter before leaving.

‘At around the same time it is believed another woman put a newspaper on top of the wallet and then took both the paper and wallet. She then left the shop.

‘We are appealing to anyone who may recognise the woman pictured in the CCTV image to get in touch with us as she may be able to help with our enquiries.

‘Anyone with information is asked to report it online here or call West Mercia Police on 101 quoting crime reference 22/105107/20.

‘Alternatively, information can be given to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.’