Police name suspect after restaurant and shops targeted by thief

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A man suspected of helping himself to cash, bank cards and a car after raids at a city centre restaurant and shops was today named by police.

The suspect was charged over a series of raids at shops as well as Caribbean restaurant and bar Turtle Bay in the grade II listed Produce Exchange building in Victoria Street.

During one break-in at Londis, Muirhead Avenue, Croxteth, the intruder managed to drive off with a car associated with the premises.

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Cash and cash cards were also taken in a total four burglaries at the commercial premises.

Today Merseyside Police confirmed they had charged a man over the raids.

A spokesman said: "Lee Owens, 41, of Drake Crescent, (Fazakerley) Liverpool , has been charged with four counts of burglary (non dwelling), theft of a motor vehicle, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance."

Police confirmed the charges follow police investigations into the following incidents:

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  • Burglary at Turtle Bay Restaurant, Victoria Street, Liverpool, on Sunday, August 16, 2020 where a quantity of cash was stolen
  • Burglary at Londis, Muirhead Avenue, Croxteth, on Thursday, October 1, 2020 where a car was stolen
  • Burglary at Holland and Barrett, Bold Street, Liverpool city centre, on Thursday, December 3, 2020 where cash and two bank cards were stolen
  • Burglary at One Stop Shop, Longmoor Lane, Fazakerley, on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 where a wallet containing two bank cards was stolen

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Owens has been remanded in custody and was due to appear at Wirral Adult Remand Court today, Tuesday, February 23.

Anyone with information on suspected burglary is asked to call 999 if a crime is in progress, or you can pass information via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’, or the independent charity @CrimestoppersUK anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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