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Appeal for witnesses following linked burglaries in Hackney

News   •   Jun 23, 2017 06:00 BST

Detectives from Hackney Borough are appealing for witnesses and information following a series of frightening night-time burglaries in the borough in the past week.

Between Friday 16 June and Thursday 22 June 2017 there have been break-ins at five residential address - two on the same night - that are believed to have been carried out by the same suspect. In some the suspect had even entered the victim's bedroom to steal items whilst they slept.

The suspect is described as a light skinned black man, between 5ft 9ins and 6ft 3ins tall with a medium build. On several occasions he was described as having long black unkempt hair. He is also believed to be in possession of a black pedal cycle which has used in one offence, and is likely to have used to travel to and from others.

The five offences have occurred as follows:

  1. On Friday 16 June 2017 at around 03:00hrs in Killowen Road, E9. The victim - a man in 20s - was woken by a burglar whilst in his living room. The occupant yelled and the suspect made off out of a window. An Apple iPhone and Apple MacBook were stolen, with the laptop taken from the victim's bedroom whilst he slept.
  2. On Tuesday 20 June 2017 at 04:30hrs in Brooke Road, N16. The victim -  a woman in her 50s - was woken up by her dog barking and found a man in her living room. She confronted the burglar who produced a knife. The victim's son has then woken and intervened to protect his mother and the suspect then escaped out of a window. Amongst personal items stolen was distinctive chunky solid silver ring with a black onyx stone in the middle and three diagonal lines on each side of the stone.
  3. Also on Tuesday 20 June 2017 at 05:21hrs in Millfields Road, E5. The victim - a woman in her 20s - was awoken by a male standing over her bed disconnecting her iPhone from the charger. She screamed and he has run out fled the scene by jumping through the bay window. In this incident the suspect was seen to flee on a black pedal cycle towards Clapton Pond. An Apple iPhone and Silver Apple MacBook were stolen.
  4. On Wednesday 21 June 2017 at 22:35hrs in Hassett Road, E9. The victim - a woman in her 30s - was in bed in her flat when the suspect entered and shone a torch into her face. The victim screamed and the man then attempted to grab her phone, failed, and fled the scene with cash and a black Dell laptop and a grey/silver laptop.
  5. On Thursday 22 June 2017 at 04:30hrs in Cecilia Road, E8. The victim - a man - was woken by a sound from outside. He looked out of the window and saw a man in the garden with a ladder resting against the house. The victim challenged him and he denied any wrongdoing and fled the scene along Colvestone Crescent, E8 empted handed. The ladders had been taken from a nearby address have renovation work done.

Fortunately, no one was physically injured in any of the offences.

Detective Inspector Paul Ridley, who is leading the investigation by Hackney CID, said:

"These burglaries are particularly striking as the suspect demonstrates no restrain, despite the considerable risk of being disturbed. Many burglars do not enter people’s homes during the night due to this fear. I am wholly concerned by the suspect’s behaviour given his possession of a knife and creeping into bedrooms.

"The recent hot weather has led to a spike in these offences. I would urge residents to remember to keep their windows closed or fit window restrictors and screw locks.

"The victims can understandably feel afraid and violated after being confronted, and their homes invaded. It is imperative that we catch this man before he targets anyone else. I would urge any members of the public with information to contact my investigation team.

"You may have noticed a man matching this description loitering around in the area. If that is the case, then please call us immediately, every line of enquiry will be rigorously pursued.

"I can assure residents that all officers in the borough have been briefed about these series of offences and will respond to your calls. My investigation team are working tirelessly to identify this man. Please ensure that you remain vigilant and follow the crime prevention advice.

Anyone that can assist police is urged to contact Hackney CID quoting 'Operation Globe' via 101, or via Twitter @MetCC.

To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.

For residential burglary crime prevention advice visit www.met.police.uk/crime-prevention/residential-burglary/

There have been no arrests so far and enquiries continue.