Police hunt for hotel theft man

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DETECTIVES have released CCTV pictures of a man they hope to trace after a theft from a hotel.

The incident happened after a man claiming to be a new customer asked to look around the Marriott Royal County Hotel in Durham.

During his visit, the man went into the changing rooms, forced open a locker and took a wallet.

Police say its owner was then contacted on his mobile phone from a man claiming to be from the security department of the bank.

The wallet owner disclosed security details including the pin number, which allowed the cards to be used at bank premises in the Sunderland area, with large amounts of cash taken from the account.

Police would like to speak to the man pictured in the hope they can provide information about the incident.

Detective Constable Caroline Lyall, of Durham CID, said: “We’ve carried out a number of inquiries to trace the man suspected of being involved in this offence.

“Now we’re releasing a CCTV image in the hope that someone recognises him and contacts us without delay.

“In the meantime, we must remind people not to divulge bank security details to a third party unless you are absolutely sure they are who they claim to be.”

The visit to the hotel happened at around 10am on Monday, March 21.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det Con Lyall via Durham Constabulary’s non-emergency number, 0345 60 60 365, or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.