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Police appeal to catch man wanted for string of sports club changing room thefts

Posted on - 4th August, 2014 - 3:05pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Fulwood, Ingol, News
Alan Phillip is believed to be operating throughout Lancashire

Alan Phillip is believed to be operating throughout Lancashire

Preston Police are warning those who use sports club changing facilities after a man they suspect of being a serial burglar struck again.

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62-year-old Alan Phillip, is believed to have targeted two Lancashire sports clubs during the weekend stealing thousands of mobile phones and other electronic items.

Police believe Phillip is responsible for a theft at Preston Grasshoppers in March when two mobile phones were stolen.

And another theft at the University of Central Lancashire’s Tom Benson Way complex where £2,000 worth of phones and tablets were taken on March 19 between 1pm and 2.40pm.

Phillip also goes by the name of Anthony Tye according to Lancashire Police who say he is also wanted by West Midlands Police following a theft at Edgbaston in December where a large quantity of mobile phones were taken.

He is described as being 6’2″ and wears casual or smart clothing and carries a rucksack.

Detective Inspector Warren Atkinson, of Preston Police, said: “We would warn other sports clubs to be mindful of who they trust valuables to and also to check on their security, such as checking that they have working CCTV, or consider installing some if they don’t already have it.

“I am keen to hear from anyone who feels they may have information or know the identity of the offender. Alan Philip is wanted for several thefts and is believed to travel the length and breadth of the United Kingdom committing similar offences at sports venues including rugby, football and cricket clubs. We believe he travels by public transport and stays at B&Bs where he almost certainly pays cash.

“I would ask anyone who works in the hotel business, works within public transport or is involved with a sport to have a good look at his photograph. We are extremely keen to ensure Alan Philip doesn’t strike again and I would ask anyone who has any information in relation to these thefts to contact me.”

Lancashire Police can be contacted by calling 101.

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