Police name suspect wanted over £50,000 Ann Summers burglary in Portsmouth

WANTED Soloman Dixon
WANTED Soloman Dixon
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POLICE investigating a £50,000 raid at an Ann Summers store raid have named a man they want to question.

Soloman Scott Dixon, 22, from Emsworth, is wanted for questioning over the late-night burglary at the store in Commercial Road, Landport, Portsmouth.

The value of the haul – which included lingerie and corsets, many of them security tagged – was initially estimated to be £30,000. But that has now been revised to £50,000.

Police have already arrested two people – a 36-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man, both from Southampton – in connection with the burglary.

Both suspects have been released on bail pending further inquiries.

Detectives probing the burglary have now taken the unusual step of releasing an image of Dixon in the hope of tracking him down. They are calling on him to contact police.

Detective Constable Lee Parker said: ‘I’m urging anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of Soloman Dixon to contact us as soon as possible.

‘I’d appeal directly to Soloman to get in touch with us so we can speak to him about the burglary.’

Manager Laura Harrison discovered the Ann Summers store had been targeted when she arrived to open up on October 30.

The thieves had spent up to three and a half hours clearing the front of the shop of stock between about 1.05am and 4.30am the previous night. It is understood the raiders cut though metal bars at the back of the store and smashed their way into the building.

Once they were inside the thieves packed underwear and corsets into boxes – virtually clearing out the front of the shop.

They then fled with their haul through the back of the shop.

A lot of the items stolen in the burglary had security tags on them.

Cash was also taken from the store’s safe.

Miss Harrison raised the alarm on her arrival at the shop shortly before 10.30am the following morning.

Forensics experts were called in and spent two days combing the crime scene for evidence.

The store was shut for a day and a half.

Staff were able to replenish some of the shelves with goods from the stock room.

After ordering another delivery the branch was eventually reopened at about 1.30pm on October 31.

Anyone with information should call Hampshire Constabulary on 101. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.