New Appeal To Catch Fisherman's Hat Burglar

Thought to be behind more than 200 Wimbledon burglaries

Detectives investigating around 200 burglaries in Wimbledon Village over a ten-year period are still trying to catch the thief who wears a trademark black fisherman's hat.

The prolific burglar, who also wears black clothing, has targeted properties in the village since 2006.

Despite extensive enquiries and continued media appeals he has not yet been identified or caught, and police have renewed their appeal for information.

The suspect is believed to enter properties via unlocked doors and windows and may also be in possession of a device used to pick locks. The meticulous removal or destruction of security equipment of the properties is also part of the burglar's tactic before committing the burglary.

Once inside an address he will use his jacket and pockets to 'bag' items such as cash and jewellery.

On at least six occasions, the burglar has been disturbed by occupants who have been within their homes whilst the burglary has taken place. He has then immediately fled.

In the last two weeks, three separate houses have been targeted in Wimbledon Village with the last offence occurring on Friday, 11 March.

Officers are also aware of two instances where CCTV systems at other residential properties in the area have been tampered with. He is pictured below in Church Road in 2014.

Police have released CCTV footage of the man taken during a burglary at an address in Parkside in 2015. In the footage the man can be seen throwing a safe out of a window and then him climbing down to retrieve it before walking off.

Detective Inspector Dan O'Sullivan, from Merton CID, said: "We are renewing appeals and asking for the public's help in identifying this man so that we can bring him to justice and bring his crime spree to an immediate halt.

"Someone must recognise this man and his distinctive clothing. He clearly spends a significant amount of time away from home in the early hours, something which cannot go unnoticed by his family and friends. Do you know anyone who fits this profile?

"I would urge anyone who recognises this individual to contact us. All calls will be treated in confidence."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Merton Police on 020 8649 3155  or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 FREE.

March 15, 2016

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Pictured in a Peregrine Way house in 2008