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Plea in hunt for ‘violent’ Finsbury Park shoplifter

27 April, 2018

CCTV of man police want to identify

POLICE have launched a CCTV appeal in the hunt for a violent shoplifter who brandished a knife at a security guard when stealing alcohol.

The man is believed to have been involved in three violent offences at a branch of Tesco, in Stroud Green Road, Finsbury Park, between November and December last year.

On November 27, the man produced a knife when challenged by security staff outside the shop. He had stolen six bottles of whisky.

On December 3, the suspect threatened staff with a screwdriver and stole four bottles of champagne.

In the third attack, on December 9, the suspect assaulted a man after he was confronted when trying to leave the shop without paying for cider

Detective Constable Russell Harvey, who is leading the investigation, said: “I’m keen to identify the man in the CCTV footage in relation to these offences.”

The suspect had used and threatened violence with weapons, he added.

“I’m sure he’ll offend again if not stopped,” he said.

“This type of prolific and brazen behaviour cannot continue. I urge anyone with information on this man’s whereabouts to get in touch and help us prevent this from happening again.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact Islington CID on 101, quoting CAD 3646/ 3 December 2017.

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