Police hunt East Croydon cycle thief

Croydon Guardian: Police would like to speak to this man Police would like to speak to this man

Police are appealing for help in identifying a prolific bike thief.

The man has struck five times at East Croydon rail station and detectives have released CCTV images of a man they want to question in connection with the thefts from the racks on Cherry Orchard Road.

The thief struck four times in November last year, twice on November 25, and twice again on November 28. He also struck more recently on January 9.

Detective Sergeant Bob Stokoe, based at Croydon BTP station on Addiscombe Road, said: "Initially these incidents were treated as separate theft, but after we combed through the hours of CCTV footage from the cycle racks it became clear the same man was present each time.

"We've made enquiries to try and get a name for him, including speaking with local neighbourhood policing teams, but to no avail so far. If you recognise this man please get in touch."

There are several steps cyclists can take to ensure their bikes are adequately marked and secured to help reduce the risk of becoming a victim of bike theft.

Det Stokoe added: "The best thing to remember is to register your bike and also to ensure a solid lock is used to secure it.

"If a bike is adequately marked, it makes it much easier to identify and therefore reduces its desirability to thieves."

Anyone who can name the man in the CCTV images should contact BTP on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference B12/LSA of 16/01/12.

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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9:48am Thu 19 Jan 12

Beach Combover says...

Another scum bag !!!!

Taking hard working commuters bikes who have secured them while they have caught a train to their place of work then finding their precious bikes have been stolen when they return !!!!

It really is a cowardly crime while he lounges around on hard working tax payers funded state benefits no doubt !!!!
Another scum bag !!!! Taking hard working commuters bikes who have secured them while they have caught a train to their place of work then finding their precious bikes have been stolen when they return !!!! It really is a cowardly crime while he lounges around on hard working tax payers funded state benefits no doubt !!!! Beach Combover

10:03am Thu 19 Jan 12

sol worrell says...

a real dope peddler aint he? in front of cctv cameras as well lets hope someone recognise the fool so we can get him banged up pronto!
a real dope peddler aint he? in front of cctv cameras as well lets hope someone recognise the fool so we can get him banged up pronto! sol worrell

11:01am Thu 19 Jan 12

Bossanova says...

This reely anoys me. I left my bag in the pushchair outside the chippy & when I come back my bag had gone. Lucky i had my purse to pays for the chips. I hope the police get him.
This reely anoys me. I left my bag in the pushchair outside the chippy & when I come back my bag had gone. Lucky i had my purse to pays for the chips. I hope the police get him. Bossanova

12:33pm Thu 19 Jan 12

bobby1956 says...

Bossanova
You should have taken your bag into the chippy as some people will nick anything these days, I'm suprised they did not nick the pushchair!!
Bossanova You should have taken your bag into the chippy as some people will nick anything these days, I'm suprised they did not nick the pushchair!! bobby1956

2:48pm Thu 19 Jan 12

Bossanova says...

bobby1956 wrote:
Bossanova
You should have taken your bag into the chippy as some people will nick anything these days, I'm suprised they did not nick the pushchair!!
Thanks you ill make sure next time, but i was well shocked as I left the dog with the pushchair & i kept looking, but you cant trust people round coulsdon.
[quote][p][bold]bobby1956[/bold] wrote: Bossanova You should have taken your bag into the chippy as some people will nick anything these days, I'm suprised they did not nick the pushchair!![/p][/quote]Thanks you ill make sure next time, but i was well shocked as I left the dog with the pushchair & i kept looking, but you cant trust people round coulsdon. Bossanova

4:14pm Thu 19 Jan 12

Lehan says...

Bossanova wrote:
This reely anoys me. I left my bag in the pushchair outside the chippy & when I come back my bag had gone. Lucky i had my purse to pays for the chips. I hope the police get him.
You really are a dumbass aren't you. Who leaves their bag OUTSIDE of a shop regardless of whether your purse is in it or not!
[quote][p][bold]Bossanova[/bold] wrote: This reely anoys me. I left my bag in the pushchair outside the chippy & when I come back my bag had gone. Lucky i had my purse to pays for the chips. I hope the police get him.[/p][/quote]You really are a dumbass aren't you. Who leaves their bag OUTSIDE of a shop regardless of whether your purse is in it or not! Lehan

8:39pm Thu 19 Jan 12

Bossanova says...

Lehan wrote:
Bossanova wrote:
This reely anoys me. I left my bag in the pushchair outside the chippy & when I come back my bag had gone. Lucky i had my purse to pays for the chips. I hope the police get him.
You really are a dumbass aren't you. Who leaves their bag OUTSIDE of a shop regardless of whether your purse is in it or not!
You are not very nice, are you always this angry? I imagine that you single, have a cat and your best "friend" is a "rabbit".
[quote][p][bold]Lehan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bossanova[/bold] wrote: This reely anoys me. I left my bag in the pushchair outside the chippy & when I come back my bag had gone. Lucky i had my purse to pays for the chips. I hope the police get him.[/p][/quote]You really are a dumbass aren't you. Who leaves their bag OUTSIDE of a shop regardless of whether your purse is in it or not![/p][/quote]You are not very nice, are you always this angry? I imagine that you single, have a cat and your best "friend" is a "rabbit". Bossanova

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