Heathrow thief caught on CCTV

Man wanted in relation to stolen bikes

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Zoe Drewett zoe.drewett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

PO­LICE have re­leased CCTV images catch­ing an air­port bike thief in the act.

De­tec­tives from the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice’s SO18 Avi­a­tion Se­cu­rity unit are trac­ing a man they want to speak to in con­nec­tion with a num­ber of bike thefts from a cy­cle hub at Heathrow Air­port.

The CCTV stills shows the man near the cy­cle hub on Mon­day, Au­gust 11. The cy­cle hub re­quires a key fob to en­ter but the man man­ages to slide un­der a gap and takes an un­locked bike be­fore let­ting him­self out.

A few hours later, he re­turns and tries to take another bike. He is un­suc­cess­ful on this oc­ca­sion as the bike is locked. He then leaves and re­turns 15 min­utes later with a set of bolt crop­pers, cut­ting the bike chain and rid­ing off with the stolen bike.

After the thefts, crime preven­tion of­fi­cers li­aised with the hub au­thor­i­ties to pro­vide ad­vice on how to se­cure the site to pre­vent any fur­ther thefts.

Det Con Lee Meechan, from SO18 Avi­a­tion Se­cu­rity, said: “This is an iso­lated in­ci­dent and the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties have taken our ad­vice to in­crease se­cu­rity at the cy­cle hubs to pre­vent any fur­ther thefts.”

Call Det Con Lee Meechan on 020 3276 1351 or Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111, quot­ing photo ref­er­ences 156278 and 156276.

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