Police investigate health club locker thefts in Chichester area

Sussex Police want to speak to this man in connection with a series of locker thefts
Sussex Police want to speak to this man in connection with a series of locker thefts

POLICE are this week seeking a man they want to interview about a series of thefts from health club lockers in West Sussex earlier this year.

Between February 8 and March 13 six lockers were broken into at two Leisure Centres in the Chichester area, from which credit cards and driving licences were stolen.

Four of the incidents took place at the Goodwood Health Club, in Oving, and the other two at the Nuffield club, in Lavant.

“A man then phoned five of the victims to attempt to obtain their PIN numbers by pretending to be from their bank,” said a Sussex Police spokesman.

“Once this information was obtained from three of them, the driving licences or the PIN numbers were used in five cases to withdraw large amounts of cash, one of over £2,000, and in one case to purchase two XBox One consoles valued at £899, in the Chichester and Bognor Regis areas.”

He said £8,600 cash and property was lost in total.

Police released a CCTV image of a man leaving one of the banks.

He is described as white, in his 30s, wearing dark clothing and a distinctive flat cap.

Investigator Kimberley May said; “It is believed that this man may be travelling around the country committing similar crimes.

“Anyone who recognises him is asked to call Sussex Police on 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 1169 of 26/2.

“You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Police advise that you should never disclose your personal data such as a PIN number to anyone on the phone who you do not know.