Burglar ransacked on-duty paramedic's home, taking £3,000 of belongings, then bought champagne

Ellen Manning
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Christmas Day thief
Police are looking for a man in connection with the burglary, which happened while one of the victims was on duty as a paramedic. (Met Police)

Police are looking for a man who ransacked a paramedic’s home while she was on duty, stealing £3,000 worth of belongings then using a stolen card to buy a bottle of champagne.

The burglar broke into the home in Islington, London, just before 3pm on Friday, 18 December, while the paramedic, in her 20s, was on duty and her two housemates were out.

They returned to find the door had been forced and £3,000 of belongings taken, including a bike, a Maltese gold cross pendant, cash, Christmas presents and a MacBook Pro, the Met Police said.

The stolen items included a a Whyte Portobello bike. (Met Police)
The stolen items included a a Whyte Portobello bike. (Met Police)
A gold Maltese cross on a gold chain was also taken. (Met Police)
A gold Maltese cross on a gold chain was also taken. (Met Police)

The suspect then headed to a food and wine shop where he bought a bottle of Dom Perignon champagne with a stolen card before leaving on an electric scooter towards Hackney, where he tried to buy another bottle of champagne.

Police have now released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to in connection with the burglary, as well as pictures of some of the stolen goods, including the Whyte Portobello bike and the Maltese gold cross pendant, which was on a gold chain.

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PC Zak Tallis, from the Met Police’s Central North Basic Command Unit, said: “This burglary has impacted the victims severely and to make matters worse the two female victims are helping Londoners survive the pandemic on a daily basis.”

Police said the suspect is described as a white man, aged 20 to 30, with a slim, muscular build.

He was wearing a light coloured hooded top under a Canada Goose jacket, grey jogging bottoms and a red baseball cap.

Police advised people to keep keep gifts and valuables out of view of the window to reduce the risk of burglaries, and to consider using a timer to turn on lights or TV, even if they are out for just a few minutes.

They also advised people to dispose of boxes and rubbish discreetly to avoid disclosing what valuable items are in the property.

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