Police seek fraudster targeting Wickes

Published:  22 February, 2012

SUSSEX: Police have released images of a man they want to speak to who is thought to have carried out 37 frauds costing £9000 at DIY stores.

Pc Richard Valder-Davis said it appeared the fraudster was travelling across the South, East and Midlands to target branches of Wickes.

He said the suspect took goods from shelves and then took the items to the till to get a refund or credit note, saying he no longer had the receipt.

The frauds were carried out between August 2011 and January this year, he added.

The suspect is described as white, in his late 40s, between 5ft 8in and 5ft 10in, with black or grey facial stubble, wearing a green cap with grey hair showing at the side, a grey scarf, a green duffle coat and blue jeans.

Police said he was also described as looking "unclean" with missing and blackened teeth. Officers believe frauds have been carried out in London, Sussex, Hampshire, Kent, Hertfordshire, Essex, and the Thames Valley area, Bedfordshire, Northampton, Leicestershire, Warwickshire, West Midlands and Wiltshire.

Sign Up

For the Builders' Merchants News enewsletter.

In the spotlight


Builders Merchants Vacancies – UK Wide

At Arco, we are an industry specific recruitment consultancy, providing sales and managerial staff Nationwide to Merchants, Distributors and Manufacturers of Building Materials within the Construction Sales Sector. Priding ourselves on our unparalleled customer service and hard work, we offer a fresh, innovative and personal approach to recruitment specifically designed to meet our clients’ needs and candidates’ skills.

Guest Blog by Simon Damp

Is DIY a lost art?

As time goes by, the art of do-it-yourself when it comes to activities around the home and garden is fast becoming more and more of a lost art.