CCTV: Police appeal to catch prolific Wimbledon burglar

Police are trying to trace this man in connection with a string of burglaries in Wimbelodon Village. Picture: Metropolitan Police.

Police are trying to trace this man in connection with a string of burglaries in Wimbelodon Village. Picture: Metropolitan Police.

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Detectives are appealing to trace a man after a series of 35 burglaries in Wimbledon Village which officers believe may have been perpetrated by one prolific thief.

Detectives have now released images of a man caught during a burglary in Bathgate Road, Wimbledon Village in March this year with the hope of tracing him. Picture: Metropolitan PoliceDetectives have now released images of a man caught during a burglary in Bathgate Road, Wimbledon Village in March this year with the hope of tracing him. Picture: Metropolitan Police

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said the incidents date as far back as 2006 but despite extensive enquiries he has yet to be caught.

Officers from Merton Borough are now releasing a clear image of a man caught during a burglary in Bathgate Road in Wimbledon Village on the March 29 this year in the hope the public may be able to recognise him.

The spokesman said the burglaries are being linked as they have been committed in a similar manner all within the Wimbledon Village area.

He said: “The meticulous removal or destruction of security equipment of the properties is part of the burglar’s tactic prior to committing the burglary.

“The thief steals small items during the burglaries, including money and jewellery.”

A CCTV still believed to be the same man was released last year after an attempted burglary at a residential address in Arthur Road in January 2012.

Police said the suspect is believed have arrived in a dark Vauxhall Astra or Corsa which he parked nearby before using a small ladder to climb over a fence.

He then cut the cables to the exterior CCTV cameras and tried the rear doors before leaving the scene.

Detective Superintendent Dave Palmer of Merton Police said: “This latest picture is being released as it provides a much clear image of the suspect and we hope that someone will come forward and provide information that will allow police to prosecute this offender and prevent any further residents becoming victims to his criminal activity.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Merton Police on 020 8649 3159 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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