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Thorley Park key thief sought by police after homeowner accidentally left them in her front door lock




A bunch of keys accidentally left in the lock of the front door of a house in Thorley Park are believed to have been stolen by a delivery driver.

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they want to identify in the hope he might be able to help with their inquiries.

PC Derek Lewin, of Bishop's Stortford's community policing team, said the incident had left the homeowner, who has a young family, in "a great deal of stress".

CCTV image of the man police are keen to speak to following the theft of keys from a house in Bishop's Stortford
CCTV image of the man police are keen to speak to following the theft of keys from a house in Bishop's Stortford

The theft happened on Monday September 6 at around 3.15pm. Police are not revealing the location of the house.

PC Lewin said: “The theft has caused a great deal of stress to the victim, who has been left hugely out of pocket as she has had to pay for new locks for her house, business and car.

"The decent thing to do would have been to point out that the keys had been mistakenly left in the lock, but instead someone decided to take them.

“We’d like to trace the man pictured as we believe he was in the area at the time and may have vital information which could assist us.

"We’ve conducted enquiries to try to identify him which have so far proved unsuccessful. If this is you or you think you know who it is, please contact us.”

He added: "A delivery driver was working in the area at the time and we believe it could be this driver who has taken the keys."

Anyone with information is asked to email derek.lewin@herts.police.uk or call 101, quoting crime reference 41/69101/21. You can also report information online at herts.police.uk/report or speak to an operator in the force communications room via online web chat at herts.police.uk/contact.

Alternatively, you can stay 100% anonymous by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or via the independent charity's untraceable online form at crimestoppers-uk.org.



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