Major police hunt for ‘commuting’ crook

The CCTV image of the man police are looking for
The CCTV image of the man police are looking for

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DETECTIVES are hunting for a commuting criminal linked to scores of break-ins in the south.

Officers believe Simon Knights, 38, uses the rail network to move from town to town dressed smartly in a jacket, shirt and trousers, committing burglaries and then getting the next train home.

Detectives from five police forces – Hampshire, Sussex, Kent, Essex and the Metropolitan Police – have been looking for Knights and a £2,500 reward has been put up for information that leads to his arrest and conviction of him for at least one of the offences.

Now Surrey Police have joined the hunt after Knights was linked to a burglary in Guildford on April 8.

Thousands of pounds worth of jewellery have been stolen during the more than a dozen break-ins that Knights is suspected of being responsible for in Sussex, Hampshire, Kent, London and Essex since June.

Anyone with information should call 101.