Scotland Yard has released a ‘rogues' gallery’ of the 12 most wanted burglary suspects as part of a Christmas crackdown on crime.
The Metropolitan Police published pictures of the dirty dozen as part of Operation Bumblebee, which was launched in September to try and target the traditional rise in residential burglaries during the run up to Christmas.
Among the suspects is William O’Donaghue, a 39-year-old man who is wanted in connection with a raid on a house in Croydon in June in which more than £10,000 worth of Asian gold was taken.
(Top Row) Marius-Claudius Hantu, Suman Shrestha, John James Courtney, Olu Adeshina (Bottom Row) William O?Donaghue, Geoffrey Oyenga, Rebecca Poole, Wojciech Czarnecki
Rebecca Poole, 23, the only female on the list is wanted in connection with four burglaries in the Harrow area.
Suman Shrestha, 26, is wanted by police in Hounslow, west London for three burglaries and two attempted burglaries since September.
All 12 suspects have been urged to hand themselves in so they do not “ruin Christmas” for their families.
The photos have been uploaded to the Crimestoppers website in a public appeal for help.
(Clockwise from top left) Jerry James Delaney, Lars Karlsson , James John Radford, and Zac Lewis
The decision to release the images comes as the latest police figures reveal that more than 1,400 people have been arrested in connection with burglary offences between September 21 and December 14.
Commander Simon Letchford of territorial policing at Metropolitan Police said: “We are stepping up our activity to locate and arrest outstanding wanted suspects as part of our ongoing response to tackling burglary in the capital.
“We would like to trace any of the individuals and would like to hear from anyone with information that could help further our enquiries.
“We will use every means at our disposal to catch those wanted so they can face justice, so our message is clear: If your face is on this list, hand yourself in – don't ruin Christmas for your family.”
Operation Bumblebee has seen the Met employ a number of technologically advanced methods for stopping crime in London, including “predictive crime mapping”, which uses crime to data to find locations for likely future offences.
The latest figures show that burglary offences have fallen by 9.8% across the capital from November 2014 to November 2015, with 7,767 fewer offences this year.