Hooded burglar added to ‘most wanted’ list

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This e-fit image has been published on a crime-fighting charity’s ‘most wanted’ list in the hunt for a distraction burglar who tricked an elderly man.

The 78-year-old victim was targeted at his home in Braemar Close, Gosport,

He opened the door to a stranger who asked him if he could have a carrier bag to put some items in. The victim went inside to get a bag, but found the suspect in his hallway on his return.

The man left with the bag, but the victim later discovered his wallet had been moved from the table it was on in the living room and £80 cash had been stolen at about 12.30pm on August 16 last year.

Now Crimestoppers has released this e-fit in the hope of bringing the suspect to justice.

He is white, aged 25 to 26, about 5ft 6in, and wore a black and white hooded top with the hood up, jeans and trainers. Call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

n POLICE are trying to trace the owner of 50 metres of copper wire stolen in a theft.

The appeal comes after three men were arrested following reports of suspicious activity at a building in Arundel Street, Portsmouth, at about 4am on Thursday.

The men, aged 18, 20 and 21, were quizzed on suspicion of theft. They were later released on bail.

However, police later discovered more than 50 metres of copper, which is believed to be electrical wiring.

Now officers are appealing for help to trace its owner.

PC Dan Neligan said: ‘It’s believed the wiring belongs to a business or building site owing to the large quantity and industrial appearance. I suspect it was stolen in order to sell the valuable copper inside. I’d like to trace the owner to help progress my investigation.’

Call PC Neligan at Southsea station on 101 quoting reference number 44110048479 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.