Police searching for burglary suspect who was caught on CCTV stopping to roll a cigarette before a raid
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Police are searching for a 'chilled out' burglary suspect who was caught on CCTV stopping to roll a cigarette before allegedly raiding a student halls property.
Now, for most people, committing a crime that involves a high risk of being caught would be a stressful situation to say the least.
But, as is shown in CCTV footage shared by Nottinghamshire Police, the suspect appears anything but agitated.
The bloke, wearing a high-vis jacket and black baseball cap, casually strolls across an outdoor communal area behind the flats situated in Nottingham city centre.
After walking up the steps, he sits down on a chair while scouting the area and taking a look at the back door.
But he's clearly not too concerned – while surveying his surroundings, he crosses his legs and proceeds to calmly roll a cigarette.
Residents of the student accommodation reported a number of stolen items that night, including DJ decks, headphones and a Bluetooth cable.
Police shared the surveillance footage taken from outside the property on Clarendon Street in the early hours of 16 December in a bid to track down the culprit.
Alongside the footage, Nottinghamshire Police wrote on Facebook: "Police investigating a burglary at student accommodation have released CCTV footage of a man they would like to speak to.
"Officers were called to Clarendon Street, Nottingham city centre, after DJ decks, headphones and a Bluetooth cable were taken from a shared kitchen area.
"Police have now released CCTV of an individual they would like to speak to in relation to the incident, which took place in the early hours of 16 December 2022."
Detective Sergeant Andy Buxton added: "We are working hard to trace the individual responsible for this burglary as quickly as possible and remain determined to bring them to justice.
"As part of our ongoing investigation we’re urging anyone who recognises this man to please come forward and get in touch with us."
Anyone who knows the man or has any information has been urged to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting crime number 22*735998.
A number of people have commented on the unusual clip, with one referring to the chap as the most 'chilled out' burglary suspect ever.
Another said: "Bit cheeky wearing hi-vis jacket too. Disguised as a security guard maybe?"
A third who is familiar with the area said the place would have been 'easy' to access, although they warned the 'rooftop is scary'.