Police hunting thieves say: ‘Shop a shoplifter’

Suspected shoplifters in Markyate and Hemel Hempstead wanted by police.

Suspected shoplifters in Markyate and Hemel Hempstead wanted by police.

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POLICE hunting shoplifters have released these pictures of people they would like to speak to in connection with thefts in Dacorum.

The trio is believed to have vital information about thefts of beer, wine and cider from shops in Markyate and Hemel Hempstead.

Suspected shoplifters in Markyate and Hemel Hempstead wanted by police.

Suspected shoplifters in Markyate and Hemel Hempstead wanted by police.

The move is part of a clampdown on pilfering that will see dozens of pictures released in coming weeks as officers pore through hours of CCTV footage.

Herts police spokesman Olivia Finucane said: “We’re going through our theft files. If we believe you may have information we’re putting your picture out there.

“We’ve got more coming through. This is the first of many.”

The first image is of a smartly-dressed man they would like to speak to following a theft from the Nisa shop in Markyate High Street on June 23 this year.

Suspected shoplifters in Markyate and Hemel Hempstead wanted by police.

Suspected shoplifters in Markyate and Hemel Hempstead wanted by police.

A man is believed to have entered the store and picked up a bottle of cider before running out of the shop without paying for it.

Police are asking anyone with information to quote crime number D1/11/4520.

The second image is of a man in a beanie hat who entered the Spar shop in the village centre in Leverstock Green on March 19 between 6.15pm and 6.30pm.

In this incident £20 worth of wine was swiped. The crime number in this case is D1/11/2013.

The third image captures a man in a pork pie hat who police believe has information that could help with their investigation following thefts of beer worth £6 at the same Spar store on March 29 at 9.30pm.

The crime number in this incident is D1/11/2302.

Sgt Matt Deveney, of the Hemel Hempstead Safer Neighbourhoods team, said: “I am appealing to these men, or anyone who may recognise them to come forward and speak to us.

“We take reports of thefts from shops seriously and are keen to speak with these men, who may be able to assist us with our investigations.

“I would urge anyone with any information at all to contact us on the non-emergency number 101, quoting the relevant crime number.”