‘CSI’ burglar targets pubs across town

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A BURGLAR dressed in a white CSI-style crime scene suit is being hunted after raids on gaming machines at pubs and licensed premises across Doncaster.

Break-ins have taken place in the town centre and in the suburbs over the past few weeks.

The latest target was the Hayes amusement arcade in The Colonnades, whose owners are now asking for extra night-time police patrols in the town centre.

Police are studying CCTV footage - which shows a man wearing what appears to be a white ‘crime scene’ suit with a hood - walking through the mall moments before the Hayes alarm system was triggered when a window was smashed.

Other premises which have had one-armed bandits broken into in recent weeks include The Dome, Vue Cinema and Superbowl at Doncaster Leisure Park, The Flying Childers in Nostell Place, Bessacarr, Toby Carvery in Lyndale Avenue, Edenthorpe and The Hallcross in Hall Gate.

Hayes arcade boss Charles Hayes Junior said the burglar had forced six of its machines, but declined to say how much cash was stolen. The burglary took place just after 2am on Tuesday, May 29, and the broken window has cost £800.

“It is the first time we’ve been broken into at these premises but I understand other shops in The Colonnades have been broken into over the past few months,” he said.

“We would like to see security cameras in The Colonnades and more officers patrolling the town centre through the night.

“This chap was wearing a white CSI-type suit and carried a rucksack so I’m sure he would have aroused suspicion if a police officer had seen him.

“He was also wearing black gloves and obviously came well prepared. He had just broken into the Special Thoughts card shop and walked straight to our premises. He was very brazen.”

South Yorkshire Police said its officers were investigating the raids.

Call police on 101 with information.