Seek­ing to iden­tify mys­tery ‘shop­per’

Otago Daily Times - - Regions - SA­MUEL WHITE sa­muel.white@odt.co.nz

BALCLUTHA po­lice are still af­ter in­for­ma­tion to iden­tify a man who took a sig­nif­i­cant amount of clothes by stuff­ing them down his pants.

In a Face­book post, po­lice said they wanted to iden­tify and find a man who stuffed a ‘‘sig­nif­i­cant’’ amount of clothes down his pants and took them from The Ware­house in Balclutha.

The post said the man was seen by a mem­ber of the pub­lic, who alerted staff to his be­hav­iour at the store on Thurs­day, Au­gust 24.

While they were un­able to find the man at the time, he re­turned and be­gan ‘‘shop­ping’’ again un­til he was ap­proached by staff.

The man dropped items he had in his hands and walked quickly to­wards the exit.

He also ap­proached the staff in a men­ac­ing and ag­i­tated man­ner, the post stated.

He was last seen leav­ing the shop and po­lice were called. How­ever, they failed to find him.

The man, be­lieved to be from Dunedin, was de­scribed as about 178cm tall, in his mid 30s and with a full beard.

‘‘He is slightly dirty­look­ing and wear­ing a grey cap.’’

The man wore an olive green puffer jacket, grey pants and black sneak­ers with red writ­ing on them.

He was seen wear­ing a pink scarf and a back­pack when he was first in the store but was not wear­ing them when he re­turned.

The man al­legedly stole a se­lec­tion of girls’ and boys’ cloth­ing sizes 8­10.

If any­one recog­nises the man they are asked to con­tact Balclutha po­lice (03) 418­0203 or Crimestop­pers 0800 555­111.

PHOTO: NZ PO­LICE / SUP­PLIED

Get­ting away . . . The man caught on a se­cu­rity cam­era al­legedly steal­ing chil­dren’s clothes from the Ware­house in Balclutha by stuff­ing them down his pants.

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