CCTV clue to bogus researcher burglary

Posted On 20 Apr 2015 at 10:56 am

Detectives investigating a Brighton burglary in which a man forced his way into a woman’s flat have released CCTV images of a man they would like to trace.

At about 9am on 23 March a man forced his way into a flat in Bloomsbury Place, off St George’s Road, and threatened the 47-year-old woman inside.

He stole a camera, cash, bank cards and a laptop computer, which he placed in a black rucksack bearing the logo Speech Radio 4 before escaping.

The offender had earlier visited the flat posing as a researcher working for a youth project but had been sent away by the woman.

The attacker was black, 5ft 10in and in his early 30s with a dark beard on the underside of his chin. He was wearing a grey hooded top and dark jacket.

Detective Constable Sarah Townsend said: “We would also like to speak to anyone who has been visited in a similar way in Brighton by a man posing as a researcher.

“If you can identify the man in the CCTV or have any idea where he could be, please contact us.”

Anyone with information should email, phone 101 quoting serial 459 of 23/03 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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