Crook is caught on camera stealing in same outfit five times

CAUGHT ON CAMERA The suspect has been spotted several times on CCTV stealing from shops while wearing the same clothes

CAUGHT ON CAMERA The suspect has been spotted several times on CCTV stealing from shops while wearing the same clothes

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THIS dozy thief has been clocked on camera stealing in the same clothes at least five times.

The serial supermarket thief has hit Southern Co-op branches across Portsmouth in his one-man crime spree.

CAUGHT ON CAMERA The suspect has been spotted several times on CCTV stealing from shops while wearing the same clothes

CAUGHT ON CAMERA The suspect has been spotted several times on CCTV stealing from shops while wearing the same clothes

On one occasion the brazen crook tried to steal from the same shop three times in one day.

Now police have been able to link his crimes – because he virtually always wears the same convict-style striped T-shirt.

The crook was snapped on CCTV after hitting the same Southern Co-op store in Fratton Road, Fratton, Portsmouth, twice in the same day.

On the first occasion he entered the shop at 3.30pm and fled with four cases of beer.

Less than four hours later he returned to the same shop with a younger accomplice.

On this occasion the alarm was activated as they left at about 7pm on July 2.

Less than a week earlier the brazen thief – again wearing his trusty black-and-white striped T-shirt – stole beer from the Devonshire Square branch of the Co-op in Southsea at about 6.45pm on June 26.

He was also caught on camera stealing beer – again from a Southern Co-op store but this time in St James’s Road, Southsea, at about 4.30pm on the same day.

The thief was earlier caught in the act as he tried to flee the Southern Co-op shop in Winter Road, Southsea.

A brave shop worker challenged him as he tried to walk out of the store, wrestling the alcohol from him following a brief struggle.

The thief grabbed hold of a bottle of squash and threw it at the member of staff in a desperate bid to escape, hitting him on the leg at about 4.15pm on June 26.

Now police are appealing for help to track the shoplifter down before he strikes again.

Rod Jebb, from Hampshire Constabulary’s crime desk at Fratton, said: ‘In all my years as a police officer and now as a civilian investigator, I am never really surprised by some criminals’ behaviour.

‘Some crave designer clothing or wear the same piece of clothing again and again to look cool.

‘Trainers are usually the thing and they have to be the latest designer brand to appease their peers.

‘In these crimes he is nearly always wearing the same hooped top – it must mean something.

‘I knew one burglar who always took his girlfriend’s picture with him until he left it at a crime scene along with a Dear John letter she had written to him in prison.’

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or 0845 0454545.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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