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Failed raider causes havoc.

A ham-fisted thief who caused over pounds 2,800 of damage when he tried to break into a house three times, is being hunted by police.

The bungling burglar wreaked havoc during his failed break-in at a house on Keighley Avenue, Marton Manor, at about 8.35pm on August 14.

At first the burglar's efforts went to plan when he got into a conservatory.

Once inside he found the patio doors locked. So he grabbed a screwdriver and attacked the locked doors hoping to force his way in.

But the doors beat him. Refusing to give up, the thief walked to the front of the house and launched a merciless attack on the house's front door.

But again the burglar's efforts failed.

Desperate to get something for his hard work the raider smashed a window.

But before he could climb inside and continue his work the householder pulled up in his car.

So the thief took the chance to abandon the job and make a break for it.

For all his efforts he escaped with a screwdriver worth pounds 5 - and left behind damage now estimated at pounds 2,800.

Police have now issued an E-fit picture of the suspect, who was 5ft 6in tall, was aged between 35 and 40, had dark brown hair, a thin build and was scruffily dressed.

Call PC David Myers at Middlesbrough police on 01642 303126 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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Title Annotation:News Local
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Oct 1, 2004
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