Man hunt for prolific burglar

PUBLISHED: 08:21 14 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:49 15 June 2010

A PROLIFIC thief who has been relentlessly targeting domestic garages in Honiton will be brought to book, police have assured town councillors. A suspect has been identified and PC Ian Atyeo told a meeting of Honiton Town council on Monday night that he w

A PROLIFIC thief who has been relentlessly targeting domestic garages in Honiton will be brought to book, police have assured town councillors.A suspect has been identified and PC Ian Atyeo told a meeting of Honiton Town council on Monday night that he was confident of an arrest. Officers are doing everything they can to catch the crook, even using bicycles at night - to avoid alerting the thief of their presence through the sound of a diesel engine.There have been 18 non-dwelling burglaries in Honiton over the past month, nearly all them involving domestic garages. Target areas have been across the town, from Whitebridges to Highfield and Sidmouth Road."We are doing our damnedest to catch the person. To be honest, we think we know who is doing it," said PC Atyeo. "He is going to be caught."But, until a suspect is in custody, householders are being warned to be vigilant and keep everything locked, even vehicles parked inside locked garages.Most of the targeted garages were locked, but some of the items stolen from inside had been left insecure. Some items had been taken from an unlocked car.Although some of the burglaries occurred during the day, they were predominantly at night.Councillors asked PC Atyeo for specific information about the suspect, including "Is he a known offender?" PC Atyeo could not respond, because of the constraints of the Data Protection Act.Anybody with information about the burglaries is urged to call police on 08452 777444 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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