Clothes thief steals from market twice in four days

Chorley Market
Chorley Market

Police are searching for a burglar who stole clothes worth more than £1,400 in two raids on Chorley’s covered market.

They are examining CCTV footage of a man who climbed on to the roof of the building and dropped himself inside.

He went into the building in the early hours of Tuesday, January 14, and stole black

G-Funk jeans worth £450.

The man returned three days later, on Friday, January 17, and took jumpers and jeans worth £1,000, which he stuffed into five bags.

In both incidents, the man left by walking down the side of The Crown pub.

Police are investigating the burglaries and forensic officers have been to the market to take footprints and fingerprints from the scene.

Officers are now seeking help to find the man.

Sergeant Kevin Mountain, from Chorley neighbourhood policing team, said: “We are appealing for anyone who has seen him leaving, especially on the 17th, because he was carrying two large JD Sports bags which he had brought with him.

“We would also appeal for anyone who has been offered these goods at cheap prices to contact us.

“We do believe he is a Chorley lad because he knows where the cameras are.”

Police are looking for a white male, who is in his early 20s and wears glasses.

He wore a grey hoody, grey tracksuit pants with dark back pockets, and a black jacket.

His trainers were black on top and white on the soles.

The man carried a drawstring bag with an emblem in the middle of the bag.

Chorley Council is taking steps to improve security at the market and prevent further burglaries, and traders are being urged to secure or remove their goods overnight.

Coun Peter Wilson, deputy council leader, said: “Our market is a covered market and not totally enclosed and the traders know that, so we do advise them to either lock away or remove their stock overnight.

“However we have improved our security of the market recently by upgrading our CCTV coverage and by adding extra cameras as well as repositioning others, and the recordings from these have been handed over to the police in the hope they can identify the culprit.

“We’re also putting up anti-climb brackets to the lamp columns around the market to help prevent access and we’re also putting in additional security measures in a bid to deter thieves.”

Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.