Officers investigating an assault and a series of burglaries in the Bridport and Lyme Regis area over Christmas are issuing a CCTV image of the suspect.
At around 1.30am on Wednesday 26 December 2018 the suspect bought a coffee via the night counter at the Esso petrol station shop on East Road in Bridport. As a male member of staff opened the main door to hand over the coffee, the suspect barged in and attempted to get a refund. He then pushed the victim and became verbally aggressive.
Enquiries have established that the suspect took a taxi from the Cobb Gate car park in Lyme Regis and was dropped at the train station in Weymouth at around 2.30am the same day, having initially offered cash to be driven to Chelmsford. During the ride he asked to stop for a coffee at the petrol station where the assault took place.
The same suspect is believed to have been responsible for a series of burglaries and thefts of charity and tip jars from businesses in Lyme Regis.
At 11.40pm on Tuesday 25 December 2018 around £450 in change and notes was taken from the till area at the Ocean View Restaurant on Marine Parade.
Sometime between 4pm on Monday 24 December 2018 and 12.45pm on Wednesday 26 December 2018 damage was caused to doors and windows of three businesses in Town Mill, Mill Lane.
Between 9.55pm and 10.05pm on Tuesday 25 December 2018 an attempted burglary took place at Boots on Broad Street. A window of the store was smashed but nothing was stolen. At around the same time a break-in occurred at the Red Panda restaurant also on Broad Street. A tip jar was stolen.
A short time later the alarm was set off at nearby Arthur Fordham & Co. No entry was gained and nothing was stolen.
Police Community Support Investigator Luke White, of Bridport police, said: “We have been carrying out a large number of enquiries, including CCTV checks, and we believe the same man is responsible for these offences. I am now in a position to issue a CCTV image of this man and I would urge anyone who recognises him to please contact Dorset Police.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email email@example.com or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55180206183. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.