Police hunt man in connection with 70 burglaries

POLICE are hunting a man in connection with a series of offences committed in west Suffolk.

POLICE are hunting a man in connection with more than 60 alleged offences committed in west Suffolk.

Suffolk police want to speak to Alfie Smith, 30, following an investigation into an alleged conspiracy to commit burglary and money laundering.

The value of property stolen amounts to approximately �135,000, with the cost of the damage caused approximately �11,000.

The offences were committed in the Babergh, St Edmundsbury and Mid Suffolk districts between May 2009 and February this year.

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Approximately 70 premises have been targeted, ranging from residential sheds and garages to farm outbuildings, business premises and ATMs.

Stolen or cloned vehicles were used during the offences and items stolen range from power tools and high-specification landscaping machinery to cash and cigarettes.

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Suffolk Police have joined up with the Crimestoppers ‘Most Wanted’ website to appeal for Smith, or anyone with any information on his whereabouts, to come forward.

He is described as white, 5ft 9in tall, of large build with short brown hair. He has a number of scars on his face and tattoos on both arms.

He is from the travelling fraternity and is known to have contacts across the country.

Detective Sergeant James Rolfe said: “We are keen to trace Alfie Smith in relation to this inquiry.

“A large number of properties have been broken into with valuable items stolen.

“Alfie Smith’s last known address was in Barnardiston so it may be that local people can help us locate him, but he also has contacts across the UK and so I would urge anyone who knows of his whereabouts to contact Suffolk Police or Crimestoppers.”

Contact DS Rolfe at West Suffolk CID on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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