Convicted thief on the run

Convicted thief Lee Lynch, from Solihull, described as the "scourge of gym-goers" has gone on the run.

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Wanted thief 'will steal without conscience'

A wanted criminal suspected of committing other offences while on licence from prison "steals without conscience", police have warned.

Lee Lynch, aged 50, was convicted of 143 offences - including many where he prised open changing room lockers at leisure centres and taking cash and mobile phones.

On some occasions, he even stole car keys and drove off in the car.

PC Paul Dempsey appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

Lynch has twice failed to appear at court to answer these charges, so we are appealing to the public to assist in tracing him.

His offending history shows that he has little regard for other people’s property and will steal without conscience.

– PC Paul Dempsey, offender manager, West Midlands Police

He is suspected of committing a string of other offences while on licence, including other thefts and drugs offences, but never appeared at court.

Manhunt for convicted thief who targets gym lockers

A convicted thief described as the "scourge of gym-goers" has gone on the run.

Lee Lynch, aged 50, from Solihull, was released from prison on licence in April after being convicted of 143 offences from across the West Midlands - many of which were thefts from leisure centre lockers.

Lee Lynch, aged 50, from Solihull Credit: West Midlands Police

He is also subject to a four-year criminal anti-social behaviour order (CRASBO) banning him from all leisure complexes and educational facilities in the region.

But Lynch, from Perch Avenue, Chelmsley Wood, has been implicated in six further offences including attempted theft, possession of Class A drugs, criminal damage and breach of the CRASBO, and has been recalled to prison.

However, he never appeared at court to face the charges.

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