A brazen burglar was caught on camera about to break in to a house for the second time in four months.
The thief, who stole laptops and cash from the property in Roebuck Street, Preston, in January, returned to the scene of the crime last week and broke in again – helping himself to a computer and TV.
“It was clearly the same bloke – he was wearing exactly the same clothes as last time,” said home owner Dominic Hobbs. “He was so cocky he didn’t bother to hide his face from the CCTV. How brazen is that?”
Dominic, 52, captured an image of the intruder on security cameras fitted by his best mate Peter Jones.
“Most folk would be scared off by the sight of cameras peering down at them, but not this guy,” said Peter who runs Badger Alarms and CCTV in Penwortham.
“The first time we got photos of him he was trying to hide his face. When the police put an image out to the media no-one came forward to identify him.
“But this time he was walking up and down in front of the cameras before he got in. He was wearing sunglasses – even though it was a dull, rainy day. For Dominic’s sake I hope someone can identify him this time and let the police know.”
The burglar is photographed wearing a dark Northface jacket and tracksuit bottoms, either Adidas or Nike, with three white stripes down the sides.
In the first raid in January he gained entry to the property after somehow opening a keysafe by the back door. On one of the laptops he stole were 20 years of photographs of family and friends, many of them irreplaceable.
“That was the thing that’s upset me the most,” said self-employed gardner Dominic. “I’m not bothered about the laptop. But the photos were precious and it looks like they’re gone forever.
“This time he put a brick through the patio doors and took an expensive all-in-one computer and my daughter’s white flatscreen TV from her bedroom wall.”
Police have appealed for anyone with information about the burglaries to contact them on 101 quoting log number 1187 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.