Do you recognise this man?

Rosemary Ayim
By Rosemary Ayim April 17, 2015 10:49

Several golf clubs have joined forces in a unique and ground breaking attempt to catch a criminal who has been stealing from their pro shops in the last few days.

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The smartly dressed man has appeared at numerous golf clubs in the Midlands in recent days, and has stolen clothing from the pro shops worth several thousands of pounds.

The police have been notified but as one club was told an officer would not be able to respond for five days, the club decided to release images of the culprit on social media.

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It then turned out that several neighbouring clubs had suffered the same crime and had similar images of the same man, and have been broadcasting them since on social media..

Penn Golf Club in the West Midlands was the first to release the images, which it did via its professional, Mark Butler, who runs the Mark Butler Golf Academy, which has its own Twitter feed.

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He revealed that the criminal swiped three Galvin Green suits and a jumper after loitering around the Penn pro shop.

His wife Nicky, who also works at the club, said of the police’s non-involvement: “They said they were too busy so we’re doing it ourselves.

“They know we’ve got the clear CCTV images but I don’t think theft is that important as they get it all the time.

“It’s been a frenzy since we put the pictures online, loads of people are getting in touch and some are suggesting this guy has done it before.”

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At least two other clubs took to social media to say they recognised the man and had had their produce stolen by him in recent days.

The Galvin Green suits are black, while the stolen jumper was light blue.

Liam Butler, son of Mark, said: “He doesn’t look like your average thief.

“He came in smartly dressed and was chatting away to my dad.

“The man said he was meeting someone there, he kept watching people tee off.

“My dad came back into the shop and the clothes had gone. He ran off to the car park but the man was nowhere to be seen.

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“Nothing like this has ever happened to us before, no one’s ever stolen anything.”

The man, who had a black coat on his arm which he used to cover the stolen clothes, told Mr Butler he was from Sutton Coldfield doing business in the area and meeting a member at Penn.

Mrs Butler said he had put the exact same story to another golf club.

The man is said to be in his 50s.


Rosemary Ayim
By Rosemary Ayim April 17, 2015 10:49
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  1. DJM April 24, 10:06

    Well done plod. The pro should have reported the suspicion that this guy was armed – that might have smartened up the response time.

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  2. pensioner pete April 23, 17:31

    Must be a cool customer wearing a cardigan and a big coat on a sunny day. A real bandit. Suspect he stole his jumper from George at Asda bargain rail.

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