Police hunt Durham map thief

The Northern Echo: Police want to speak to this man Police want to speak to this man

POLICE are hunting a thief with a penchant for stealing maps.

The man, thought to be in his 50s, has stolen more than 60 Ordnance Survey (OS) maps from Waterstones, in Durham City, and is suspected of having stolen more from the book store chain’s branch in Newcastle.

The man took 44 Ordnance Survey (OS) maps, worth a total of £615.56, from the shelves at Waterstones, in Durham City, on Friday, October 19.

He put them into a black bag and left without paying.

Two days later, he stole a further 20 OS maps, worth a total of £159.80, from the same store.

He is believed to have also stolen from Waterstones in Newcastle in the past month.

Police want to speak to the man in these images, taken from CCTV footage.

He is described as white, in his mid 50s, medium to heavy build, 5ft 10ins to 6ft tall, with ginger/grey receding hair, clean shaven and with an anchor tattoo on his hand.

On October 19, he was wearing dark trousers, a camouflage jacket and glasses. On October 21, he was wearing glasses, a brown hat, donkey-style jacket and blue polo shirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call Durham Police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800-555-111.

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5:43pm Thu 22 Nov 12

CynicaloldGit says...

Well mabe he was lost and as usual, couldn't find a copper to tell him the way.......hell, you can't get a cop when your house is getting burgled so you'll never get oneto tell you the way or the time.
Well mabe he was lost and as usual, couldn't find a copper to tell him the way.......hell, you can't get a cop when your house is getting burgled so you'll never get oneto tell you the way or the time. CynicaloldGit
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6:12pm Thu 22 Nov 12

entitled opinion says...

CynicaloldGit wrote:
Well mabe he was lost and as usual, couldn't find a copper to tell him the way.......hell, you can't get a cop when your house is getting burgled so you'll never get oneto tell you the way or the time.
Yet the store involved has obviously reported the theft to police who are doing all that they can to find the person responsible. So have you an example of when you reported a burglary and you got no response what so ever? Instead of slagging the police off maybe spent a moment to find out what our police officers have to deal with on a daily basis. Instead of being a cynical old git maybe you should stop being so cynical and actually see what good work the police do with the dwindling numbers of officers they have. I am sure that the officers familiers of the police officers recently killed or seriously injured would not share the same views as you.
[quote][p][bold]CynicaloldGit[/bold] wrote: Well mabe he was lost and as usual, couldn't find a copper to tell him the way.......hell, you can't get a cop when your house is getting burgled so you'll never get oneto tell you the way or the time.[/p][/quote]Yet the store involved has obviously reported the theft to police who are doing all that they can to find the person responsible. So have you an example of when you reported a burglary and you got no response what so ever? Instead of slagging the police off maybe spent a moment to find out what our police officers have to deal with on a daily basis. Instead of being a cynical old git maybe you should stop being so cynical and actually see what good work the police do with the dwindling numbers of officers they have. I am sure that the officers familiers of the police officers recently killed or seriously injured would not share the same views as you. entitled opinion
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7:26pm Thu 22 Nov 12

loonyleft says...

another sense of humour bypass victim.
another sense of humour bypass victim. loonyleft
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7:40pm Thu 22 Nov 12

stevegg says...

Do retail shops abstain themselves from any security responibilities these days? They make huge profits but invest nothing in security expecting the public purse funded police to pick up the tab!
Do retail shops abstain themselves from any security responibilities these days? They make huge profits but invest nothing in security expecting the public purse funded police to pick up the tab! stevegg
  • Score: 3

9:30pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Daza says...

To think he came back to the store a couple of days later and did exactly the same thing....of course that is the police's fault isn't it!
To think he came back to the store a couple of days later and did exactly the same thing....of course that is the police's fault isn't it! Daza
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