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Sussex Police seek fraudster targeting Wickes DIY stores

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Image caption Officers have released images of a man they want to speak to over the crimes

A man thought to have carried out 37 frauds totalling £9,000 at DIY stores is being sought by Sussex Police.

Officers have released images of a man they want to speak to over the crimes.

Pc Richard Valder-Davis said it appeared the fraudster was travelling across the South, East and Midlands to target branches of Wickes.

He said the suspect took goods from shelves and then took the items to the till to get a refund or credit note, saying he no longer had the receipt.

The frauds were carried out between August 2011 and January this year, he added.

The suspect is described as white, in his late 40s, between 5ft 8in and 5ft 10in, with black or grey facial stubble, wearing a green cap with grey hair showing at the side, a grey scarf, a green duffle coat and blue jeans.

Police said he was also described as looking "unclean" with missing and blackened teeth.

Officers believe frauds have been carried out in London, Sussex, Hampshire, Kent, Hertfordshire, Essex, the Thames Valley area, Bedfordshire, Northampton, Leicestershire, Warwickshire, West Midlands and Wiltshire.

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