Police have released a CCTV image of a man they want to talk to after a woman’s handbag was stolen from a house in the city centre by a thief who reached through an open window.
The unusual theft has prompted Avon and Somerset police to issue crime prevention advice and search through CCTV from nearby shops.
Detectives have released this image of a man in a basketball vest in a local convenience store, and said they want to speak to him as part of their inquiries.
The incident happened at around 11.30pm on the night of Friday, June 25, when an unknown man reached through the open window of a residential property in Pipe Lane, in the heart of the city centre. Pipe Lane is the road that runs from The Centre to Trenchard Street, and the theft occured opposite the side of Bristol Beacon.
“We’re hoping the public can help us identify a person we wish to speak with as part of our enquiries into a burglary in Bristol,” a spokesperson for Avon and Somerset police said.
“At about 11.30pm on Friday 25 June, an unknown man snatched a handbag through an open window at a residential address in Pipe Lane.
“Enquiries, including reviewing CCTV footage, have been carried out and show a male want to talk to in connection with our investigation. He has a shaved head and was wearing a dark sleeveless top. He also has a tattoo on his left forearm.
“We’d like to remind people of steps they can take to help protect their property from would-be thieves:
- Fit key-operated window locks to all downstairs windows and easily accessible upstairs windows. Even small windows such as skylights or bathroom fanlights need locks – a thief can get through any gap larger than the human head.
- Remember to remove keys from locked windows and to keep them out of sight in a safe place.
- Do not leave valuables unattended near unlocked open windows. For more advice, visit here
“Witnesses or anyone who recognises him is asked to contact us via our website, or on 101, quoting reference number 5221169250,” he added.
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