Police release description of a tool thief targeting shops in East Devon and Exeter, urging businesses and staff to be vigilant

Police have released a description of a man who has stolen tools from building supply shops in East Devon and Exeter, hiding them in his coat.

Officers are urging businesses to be aware that tools were concealed and stolen at two business in Honiton and Exeter on Friday, October 29, 2021.

One suspect is described by police as being a white male thought to be in his mid-to late-20s, is approximately 5ft 10in tall, of a stocky build, with short dark hair, a small moustache and possibly a beard or stubble.

He was wearing black trousers, black trainers with white soles, a dark long-sleeved top and a dark-coloured body warmer – which was used to conceal items

Police are urging business owners to make their staff aware of the thefts, believing there could be similar reports in other counties.

A shop in mid-Devon was also targeted, said police.

Devon and Cornwall Police want to hear from anyone with information about similar crimes, or call 999 if they see the thefts taking place.

A police spokesperson said: “We have received reports of thefts from building supply type shops, where tools were concealed and stolen.

“This took place to two businesses on Friday 29 October in Exeter and Honiton and a shop in Cullompton on Thursday 25 November.

“We believe that there may be other similar reports in other counties.”

“We have a description of one suspect – a white male who appears to be in his mid-to-late 20s, is approximately 5ft 10in tall, of stocky build, with short dark hair.

“He appears to have a small moustache and some facial hair on his chin and was wearing black trousers, black trainers with white soles, a dark long-sleeved top and a dark-coloured body warmer – which was used to conceal items.”

The spokesperson added: “We understand that this was some time ago, but ask for similar businesses to be wary of this and inform staff. Please inform other similar businesses.”

If you have information email 101@dc.police.uk or phone 101 quoting crime reference CR/096474/21.

Or call 999 if you see a theft happening, take descriptions or vehicle registrations, police said.

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