A MAN dashed out of a shop – and staff believe he had spotted a burglary suspect who looked like him in the Examiner.
Police now want to speak to the man captured in this CCTV image in connection with their inquiries.
Investigations are continuing into the burglary on February 1, when a 19-year-old was attacked and held hostage by two men in his Grange Moor home.
A week later, police appealed for information and gave the Examiner e-fit images of the suspects based on descriptions from the distressed teenager.
Det Insp Mark Truelove, of Kirklees divisional intelligence unit, said on the same day a man went into Sainsbury’s at Moorhill Road in Salendine Nook “in a distressed state”.
He said: “He picked up a copy of that day’s Examiner and proceeded to walk around the store looking at it.
“He then placed the paper back before walking out of the store.
“The member of staff walked over to the newspapers to see what the male was looking at.
“She saw the e-fits of the male suspects from the aggravated burglary and immediately recognised one of them as being of a similar likeness to the male who had just been in the store.”
On the morning of February 1, two men posing as gas board officials went to a house off Wakefield Road in Grange Moor.
They tried to dupe him into letting them in and when he refused they barged their way in and punched him in the face.
The victim was then tied up while the men searched the kitchen.
Nothing was stolen, but it took the young man about half an hour to free himself and call the police.
One of the burglars was white, in his mid-30s, stockily built and 5ft 8ins tall.
He was described as having short ginger hair, a pointed nose, thin lips and stubble.
He spoke with what was believed to be a fake Irish accent and was wearing a black waist length raincoat, black trousers and black slip-on shoes.
The second man was black, in his mid-30s, 6ft 2ins tall and of medium build and was also wearing a black waist-length rain coat.
Det Insp Truelove said: “I am keen to identify and trace this male, either to implicate him in the offence or eliminate him from enquiries.”
Anyone with information should call police on 0845 6060606 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.