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Last Updated: Saturday, 30 October, 2004, 10:17 GMT 11:17 UK
Warning as burglar targets gays
Police are hunting a man who befriends gay men and then burgles their homes.

Several incidents have happened in Brighton, Sussex, where the offender has made friends with men on the gay scene and gets to know where they live.

After becoming familiar with the layout and means to get into the properties he goes on to burgle them at a later date.

The offender is described as white with a tanned complexion, about 6ft, and in his mid to late 30s. He is of a muscular build and has tattoos.

Returned by chance

In one incident, the offender met the victim and then two weeks later phoned and asked to visit.

The victim said he was going out, but returned by chance and found the offender rummaging through his belongings.

When challenged, the man said it was a joke but left having stolen some of the victim's property.

Police are warning people in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community to be on their guard.

Anyone with information should contact Sussex Police.

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