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Watch as CCTV captures moment thief swipes two ornamental gorillas from Heckmondwike garden

Can you name the youth in the distinctive coat?

A youth has been caught on camera swiping two ornamental gorillas from a garden.

Ian and Helen Hartley set up the CCTV system to protect the garden at their home on Shelley Avenue in Heckmondwike .

And the cameras recorded the thief taking the two gorillas at 1.30am on Tuesday, January 19.

Now Ian, who services metal cutting machinery, wants people to see the footage in the hope it will lead to an arrest.

The 64-year-old said: “We’ve always liked gorillas and had them specially made for us out of concrete 20 years ago. There are no others like them and we’ll not be able to replace them. Helen is really upset at what’s happened. The youth on the CCTV has a very distinctive coat so perhaps that’s a clue as to who he is.

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“He came into the garden from the side to get the statues and it was all over in a few seconds.”

The suspect is white, aged 17 or 18 and the coat is light with a black trim on the pocket and side vents.

Anyone who can name the youth should contact Pc Julian Nelson quoting crime reference number 13160042352 via the main police number 101.

In unrelated investigations, police would like to speak to the people pictured in the image gallery below. The people pictured in the images may be witnesses as well as suspects. If you recognise anyone, contact police on 101 quoting the reference number on the image caption.



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