Theft from man, 77, leaving William Hill bookmakers in Canton, Cardiff

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Media captionDet Insp Simon Maal appeals for help from the public

Police are hunting thieves who stole money, believed to be thousands of pounds, belonging to an elderly man who had been at a bookmakers in Cardiff.

They were called to a theft at a William Hill betting shop in Cowbridge Road East, Canton, at around 11:00 BST Saturday.

Detectives said the 77-year-old man was left "badly shaken up" after the incident.

The two men involved are believed to have been dressed in dark clothing.

They stole a bag which contained a large quantity of cash which had been left on a table.

Det Insp Simon Maal said it was a busy morning and he appealed for shoppers or people travelling through in cars or on buses to get in touch if they had seen anything.

He said he was keeping an "open mind" whether the theft was opportunist or whether the victim had been targeted.

"The victim is upset, understandably," said Det Insp Maal.

The shop was closed for some time while scenes of crimes officers examined it.

Police are treating it as theft and not a robbery as it is believed no force was involved.

"We believe the two men responsible for the theft may have been in the area the day before," said Det Insp Maal.

South Wales Police appealed to anyone who saw the men responsible or anyone with information about the incident to contact 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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