/ Image released after string of thefts from van

Police have released an image after a string of thefts from vans in South Manchester.

The first incident took place at around 10.30am on Thursday 1 June 2017, when police were called to reports of a theft on Barlow Moor Road in Chorlton.

Officers attended and found that a man had been unloading a van as he moved into a flat, when two offenders approached and took a television from the van.

They struck again at 1pm on Monday 19 June 2017, when police were called to reports of a theft on Burford Drive in Whalley Range.

Two offenders had approached an unattended van which was parked on the street.

They opened the rear shutter and removed a new television from a pile of boxes from within the van.

Two weeks later, shortly after 10.15am on Thursday 29 June 2017, police were called to reports of a theft at a garage on Stretford Road in Urmston.

A man had been unloading items from a van for delivery, when he was approached by two offenders who took 19 packets of cigarettes from the van.

After all three incidents, the offenders have made off in an unknown direction.

Police believe these thefts may be linked and have now released an image of a man they wish to speak to in connection with these incidents.

Detective Constable Michael Zarb of GMP’s City of Manchester Borough, said: “We are continuing to investigate how these victims were left without their valued goods.

“I have released this image in the hope that someone recognises the man, or the clothing he’s wearing, in order to help with our enquiries.

“Given the time of day that these incidents happened, I’d ask that if you saw someone acting suspiciously or someone carrying these large items in this area, to get in touch and share what information you have.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 6198 or 101, quoting incident number 137952F/17, 155183B/17 & 166159L/17. This can also be done anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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