Serial shop fraudster is hunted by West Sussex police

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CCTV Wanted man
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A MAN suspected of defrauding Wickes stores 37 times is being hunted by police.

Officers are appealing for help in tracing a man who takes items off the shelf in stores in Hampshire and the south east and goes to the till to gain a refund for a product he has not bought.

PC Richard Valder-Davis, of Brighton and Hove Response Investigation Team, said: ‘This man appears to be travelling across the south east and further to carry out these frauds at Wickes stores.

‘He enters the shops and takes an item from the shelves, generally kitchen items, then takes them to the till and claims to have previously bought the product but no longer has the receipt.

‘He is then given a refund or credit note.

‘We are keen to identify this man or anyone who may have information about who is carrying out these frauds.’

It is believed that frauds of this kind have been carried out in Hampshire, Sussex, London, Kent, Hertfordshire, Essex, Thames Valley area, Bedfordshire, Northampton, Leicestershire, the West Midlands and Wiltshire between August 2011 and January 2012.

The man is white, between 5ft 8ins and 5ft 10ins and aged in his late 40s.

He is described as looking unclean with black teeth, some of which are missing.

He has worn a green farmer’s style cap with grey hair showing at the side with black or grey facial stubble.

He has also been seen in a grey scarf, green coat and blue jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial number 713 of 13/1 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.