Detectives are appealing for information to help trace a distinctive ring that was stolen in a robbery in Westminster.
At approximately 19:00hrs on Wednesday, 15 February, the victim was drinking in The Crown public house on Brewer Street when he was approached by the female suspect.
After spending some time talking, they walked to Golden Square where the suspect hugged him before saying goodbye.
A short time later, the victim noticed his gold ring was missing.
The 18 carat ring was made in France in 1890 and had belonged to the victim’s grandfather.
The suspect, who is believed to be Italian, is described as white, aged in her mid-30s, approximately 5ft 4ins tall with blonde hair. She was wearing a black furry coat with a belt and high collar.
Detective Constable Gareth Arthur, from Westminster Borough, said: "The ring is of huge sentimental value to the victim. It has been in his family for many years.
"I would appeal to anyone with information regarding the woman, or who was in the Brewer Street area, to contact us."
Anyone with information is asked to contact officers at Westminster via 101 or @MetCC
When in crowded areas, officers would advise people to be aware of pickpockets. Keep your wallets and purses close to you at all times. Be wary of staged distractions such as street performers and street gamblers if you are jostled, bumped, hugged or crowded by anyone, consider that a pickpocket may be in action. If your pocket is picked, call out immediately for assistance and warn others.
Further information and crime prevention advice is available via our website: http://content.met.police.uk/Site/crimeprevention