Police appeal for burglar

Police are appealing to trace a man after a series of burglaries in Wimbledon Village which officers believe may have been perpetrated by one prolific burglar.

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Police plea for identification

Detective Supt Dave Palmer of Merton Police said:

"This latest picture is being released as it provides a much clearer image of the suspect and we hope that someone will come forward and provide information that will allow police to prosecute this offender and prevent any further residents becoming victims to his criminal activity".

Anyone with information is asked to contact Merton Police on 020 8649 3159 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Burglar caught on camera at another attempted burglary

The man caught on CCTV after an attempted burglary on Arthur Road Credit: Metropolitan Police

Officers last year released a CCTV still believed to be the same man after an attempted burglary in Wimbledon Village. Police were called on Thursday 12 January 2012 to a home on Arthur Road in Wimbledon Village following reports of an attempted burglary.

The man is thought to be the perpetrator of other burglaries in the area Credit: Metropolitan Police

The suspect is believed to have arrived in a dark Vauxhall Astra or Corsa which he parked nearby before using a small ladder to climb over a fence. He then cut the cables to the exterior CCTV cameras and tried the rear doors before leaving the scene.

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Police release clear image of burglar

A clear image of the man wanted by police, captured during a burglary in Wimbledon in March Credit: Metropolitan Police

This close up image was captured by a security camera during a burglary in Bathgate Road in Wimbledon Village on 29 March this year.

The number of burglaries being potentially linked to this burglar is 35. Police say the incidents date as far back as 2006. Despite extensive enquiries and the release of a photographic image to the media in 2012, he has yet to be caught.

The burglaries are being linked as they have been committed in a similar manner within the Wimbledon Village area.

The meticulous removal or destruction of security equipment of the properties is part of the burglar's tactic prior to committing the burglary.

The thief steals small items during the burglaries, including money and jewellery.

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