CCTV clue to thefts

PUBLISHED: 14:17 06 July 2006 | UPDATED: 11:50 04 May 2010

The man who police believe stole a paddling pool.

The man who police believe stole a paddling pool.

A thief walked into Ely s Woolworths store and grabbed an £80 trampoline surround in full view of the shop s CCTV cameras. The shoplifter, dressed in a yellow shirt with black trim on his collar, was filmed walking out of the shop with the giant box and s

A thief walked into Ely's Woolworths store and grabbed an £80 trampoline surround in full view of the shop's CCTV cameras.

The shoplifter, dressed in a yellow shirt with black trim on his collar, was filmed walking out of the shop with the giant box and setting of the store's alarm system.

Just 40 minutes later he was back, with a black jacket over the top of his distinctive shirt, to steal a £40 children's bike, carrying a huge box containing the bike out of the store.

Ten days later, the store was hit again by a shoplifter who chose an £80 portable paddling pool from the display and walked out.

He was about 6ft tall, well-built, in his 20s or early 30s, and wearing a red and yellow striped shirt, jeans and white trainers.

Police, who have checked the store's CCTV footage, are not ruling out the possibility the same man could be responsible for both incidents.

Pc Will Creasey said: "This man is very brazen, stealing items in full view of the checkout and the CCTV cameras. We would like to hear from anyone who witnessed these thefts or can identify the man or men in the pictures."

INFO: Anyone with any information should contact Ely Police on 0845 456 4564 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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