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Reward offered for information on Hove and Portslade burglar
Police have put up a reward for information that leads to the arrest of a wanted man.
Officers want to speak to Gregory Hawley, 20, of Poynings Drive, Hove, after a series of break-ins at homes across Hove and Portslade.
Since October last year burglars have snuck into 11 homes and broke into a car in the early hours of the morning and stolen thou- sands of pounds worth of items including laptops, mobile phones and iPods.
Officers believe all of the incidents are connected. In the first burglary a thief sneaked into a home in Woodland Drive, Hove on October 11, 2012, while the owner was asleep upstairs and took a phone, com- puter equipment and cash.
A 45-year-old woman was also targeted when her home in Bush Cottage Close, Portslade, was burgled by a thief who escaped with her handbag, mobile phone and laptop after getting in through an insecure door overnight on March 21 this year.
More recently, an iPod was taken from a grey BMW 330 parked in Mill Drive, Hove, between May 25 and May 30.
In the latest incident a thief broke into a home in Chartfield, Hove, either late on June 25 or early on June 26 and stole a laptop, an iPod, an iPhone, a handbag and a purse as well as cash, passports and a watch.
PC Alex Chaszcewski said: “We urgently need to speak to Gregory Hawley about this long list of crimes.
“We would urge anyone who knows where he is or anything about these offences to contact us.
“Each of these offences was a creeper burglary, where the offenders find a way into the property while the residents are asleep and take what they can.
“Some of the victims of these burglaries have been waiting months for the person responsible for targeting their homes to be caught and we want to give them justice.”
The offences are being linked as part of Operation Magpie as the force tries to crack down on burglaries in Sussex.
Anyone with information should call 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
If you see Gregory Hawley dial 999 immediately.
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