Police hunt for ten most wanted burglary suspects

Large picture – L to R top row – Max Nevin, Simon Knights, Simon Bercowitz, Billy Foster, Stefan Grigor

L to R bottom row – James Hanrahan, David Powell, Patrick Doran, Vasile Rotaru, Felipe Teixeira

Detectives from Sussex, Surrey, Kent and Thames Valley Police are hunting for these men who could be responsible for dozens of break-ins across the region.

A three-week burglary campaign is currently being run across the four force areas –the first time a campaign has been co-ordinated across all four at the same time to tackle the issue.

As part of the on-going campaign, details of some of the most wanted burglary suspects are being issued to the public in a bid to help find them.

The men police are looking for are:

– Billy Foster, 20, of no fixed address, is wanted on suspicion of burglary in Smallfield, Surrey, on 6 April 2014 during which £15,000 was stolen. He is also wanted on warrant for failing to answer bail after he was arrested on suspicion of theft.

– Stefan Grigor, 38, of no fixed address, is wanted on suspicion of attempted burglary on a home in Cleaves Avenue, Ewell on 15 July 2014.

– James Hanrahan, 21, is wanted in connection with a burglary in Ridgeway Close in Camberley, in January. He is also wanted on recall to prison after he was released on licence partway through a 12 month sentence for dangerous driving.

– Max Nevin, 22, of Hastings Road, Battle. Nevin is wanted in connection with a series of burglaries at the same home in Witherenden Hill, Burwash Common, in December 2013 and January 2014. He is also wanted on suspicion of assaulting a police officer and failing to answer bail.

– Simon Knights, 38, is wanted for questioning about seven burglaries in Sussex, an attempted burglary in Sussex, three burglaries in Hampshire and one in each of Kent and Essex since 12 June. A £2,500 reward is being offered for information that leads to a conviction for at least one of the offences.

– Convicted burglar Simon Bercowitz is wanted for recall to prison for breaching the terms of his licence after he was released part way through a five and a half year sentence for a series of break-ins in Hampshire. It is thought the 64-year-old, of Marine Parade, Brighton, could be committing further offences.

– David Powell is wanted in connection with three burglaries in the Gravesend area between 25 and 27 February. Powell is 26 and has connections with the Gravesend area and London.

– Police want to speak to Patrick Doran about a burglary in Lennox Road, Gravesend, on 16 September. Doran is 39 and has connections throughout Kent and also in the Northampton area.

– Vasile Rotaru was arrested on suspicion of committing two burglaries in Farnham Common, in March 2012 but after being released while officers carried out further inquiries he did not answer bail and is now wanted.

– Felipe Teixeira is wanted for questioning over a series of offences in Crawley. Officers want to speak to him about burglaries in Curteys Walk, Cowfold Close and Windsor Close in Crawley in July and August this year.

Members of the public are being urged to keep an eye out for these men and to call 999 if they see any of them.

Residents are also being asked to report anyone acting suspiciously in their area or vehicles that are seen being parked or driven at unusual times of the day or in roads they are not normally seen in.

Surrey Police Superintendent Jerry Westerman said: “We need the public’s help to track down and arrest each of these men.

“We believe they could have been involved in a number of burglaries and we need to speak to them as soon as possible.

“If you see any of them, or know where they have been or could be, please contact us immediately.

“What you see and report to us could prevent you, one of your family, friends or neighbours from becoming a victim of burglary.”

Recent updates during the campaign in Surrey include:

Gheorghita Onisei, 47, of Weydon Hill Road, Farnham appeared at Guildford Magistrates Courton Wednesday 5 November charged with five counts of burglary. He has been remanded in custody and will next appear at Guildford Crown Court on 27 November.

James Fisher appeared at Guildford Magistrates Court on XXXX charged with two counts of domestic burglary and has been remanded in custody to appear at Guildford Crown Court on 27 November.

Raheim Ssekkono, 19, of Naseby Road in London has been charged with conspiracy to commit burglary following a joint investigation by East Surrey Local Proactive Unit and the Metropolitan Police Service. The charges relate to offences in West Ewell and Epsom between June and October. He has been remanded in custody until a future date.

For more information about our current regional burglary campaign, and for up to date crime prevention advice visit http://www.surrey.police.uk/

If you have any information about burglaries you can report online via http://www.surrey.police.uk/, or call 101. If you see or hear a burglary taking place call 999 immediately.

Residents can also being encouraged to register their items on the world’s largest property database so that if they are stolen, they can be reunited with the owners – and so the offenders can be prosecuted. You can register your property in just a few minutes by visiting http://www.immobilise.com/.

Call 101 for all non-emergency policing matters or report online at www.surrey.police.uk.

Call 999 if you have a genuine emergency requiring the attendance of the police (eg a crime is in progress or someone is in immediate danger)

Call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 if you have information about a crime and don’t want to leave your name.