Police release efit following Chichester burglary

An efit of the suspect. Photo by Sussex Police.
An efit of the suspect. Photo by Sussex Police.

Police attempting to trace the owners of two cars in connection with a distraction burglary in Chichester have released an efit of the suspect.

According to police, about 5pm on Saturday, a woman reported that a man knocked at her address in Shopwhyke Road and offered to carry out some gardening work. Once inside, he stole a wallet and cash before making off.

A small dark coloured car and a dark silver Ford Mondeo were both seen parked in the area around the time of the incident, and officers are appealing for the owners of these vehicles to come forward to assist in the investigation.

Police said the suspect is described as a white man aged between 20 and 40, of slim build and with short black hair.

Detective Constable Gavin Percival, said: “This is one of the lowest forms of crime someone could commit, and one which no one can be proud of. If anyone recognises the suspect from the efit or has any information that may assist, we would be grateful to hear from them.

“In particular, we would like to speak to anyone who travelled along this road, east of the Oving traffic lights, around the time of the incident, and anyone who may have a dashboard camera fitted. This simple device may have evidence that can assist us in this enquiry.

“We are also appealing for the owners of either of the two cars seen parked in the street to get in touch.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting serial 1021 of 21/05.

Alternatively, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 (www.crimestoppers-uk.org).

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