Officers believe Simon Knights, 39, uses the rail network to move from town to town dressed smartly in a jacket, shirt and trousers, committing burglaries and then getting the next train home.
Detectives from six police forces - Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire, Kent, Essex and the Metropolitan Police - are looking for Knights and a £2,500 reward has been put up for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of him for at least one of the offences.
It is thought that Knights is stealing cash and jewellery from homes to fund his gambling addiction, selling off any jewellery and spending the cash in betting shops, casinos and on fruit machines.
Thousands of pounds worth of jewellery have been stolen during the more than a dozen break-ins that Knights is suspected of being responsible for across the south east since June last year.
His image is now on the BBC’s Crimewatch Roadshow website and featured on the new series of the show that was screened yesterday (June 8).
To watch the programme, click here
Detective Constable Philippa Hannard said, “Knights is wanted for six police forces now so we know he could be anywhere in the south east.
“People may see him using the rail network or betting shops, possibly smartly dressed.
“If you have any information about where he is or where he has been, please get in touch.”
Charlton Athletic fan Knights is white, about 5’ 8” and has ginger hair and blue eyes.
Anyone with information should email [email protected] quoting serial 840 of 16/06, call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
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