CCTV released in hunt for map-mad shoplifter

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A THIEF pocketed hundreds of pounds worth of maps in what police believe could be a repeated hit on a bookshop.

The man selected 44 Ordnance Survey maps worth £615 and put them in a bag, after browsing the Waterstone’s store in Durham on Wednesday, September 19, between 11.45am and 12.45pm.

Durham Police believe the same man went into the shop in Saddler Street again and picked 20 maps worth £159 then left without paying.

Officers say the man is thought to have carried out a similar offence in the company’s Newcastle store in the last month.

He was in his mid-50s, about 5ft 10in to 6ft tall, of medium to heavy build, with ginger or grey receding hair, and an anchor tattoo on his hand.

During the first theft, he wore glasses, dark trousers and a camouflage jacket.

During the second he wore glasses, a brown hat, a dark donkey-style jacket and a blue polo shirt.

Police have released CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to in relation to the thefts.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Durham Police on 101, or charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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