London theft gang caught on CCTV thought to be linked to string of raids

CCTV footage released in the hope of tracing the four suspects

CCTV footage has been released by the police of four men they would like to trace following a string of raids in the Stepney area of London.

The police believe the four suspects could be part of a group that could be responsible for 27 raids that have occurred in the Stepney area, in which local shops are mainly targeted for alcohol and tobacco.

Police have released the CCTV footage in the hope of tracing the men and are urging for the public’s help in finding the gang.

On the CCTV footage you can see the four men walking into the Co-op store, on Middlesex Street, where they grab over £1,500 worth of alcohol and tobacco before leaving the shop. The police believed a fifth suspect waited outside the Co-op.

Detectives from Tower Hamlets believe that it’s the same group that are responsible for the 27 raids in the Stepney area, all of which involved burglary, robbery and shoplifiting. The police also said that some of the stores were targeted more than once.

According to one of the detectives responsible for investigating the raids, the group of men seemed to mainly target local shops who stock alcoholic drinks and tobacco.

He also confirmed that as part of their investigation, they have been speaking to owners of stores around the targeted areas to offer advice on how to prevent becoming a victim.

The police are urging anyone who might recognise the men from the CCTV footage, or has any information that can help with their enquiries to come forward.

Witnesses, or anyone with information are asked to contact the police on 101, or you can call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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