Nightstalker police alerted by burglary

PUBLISHED: 16:53 06 August 2008 | UPDATED: 11:50 12 August 2010

OFFICERS from the Nightstalker case are investigating another burglary. Detectives in the largest hunt for a sexual offender ever,

OFFICERS from the 'Nightstalker' case are investigating another burglary.

Detectives in the largest hunt for a sexual offender ever, Operation Minstead, are investigating a break in that took place in the early hours of Tuesday morning at a home in West Wickham. But police say there are no reports of any injuries.

The psychopath dubbed the 'Nightstalker' has been preying on elderly women, committing 108 offences, including scores of rapes and burglaries.

He expertly breaks into the homes of the elderly late at night, cutting their telephone and electricity lines or removing light bulbs.

He spends hours in the house before he finds his chosen victim and shines a torch into their face while asking them for money.

He subjects his victims to horrific ordeals, sometimes raping or sexually assaulting them, before leaving the property without taking much at all.

His previous burglaries this year were in May, in Norbury, Norwood, Downham and Lee Green, and had what police described as a 'sexual element'.

Before these there were four similar offences in November 2007, in Norwood and East Dulwich.

There is a £40,000 reward for information which leads to a conviction.

He is described as a light-skinned black man, with markings on the side of his face, which could be either as freckles, scarring or spots. He is around 40-years-old, between 5ft 10ins and 6ft 2ins, slim athletic build, softly spoken and polite.

The man in charge of the operation Detective Superintendent Simon Morgan, said: "We know he has strong links to the Honor Oak or Forest Hill areas of South London. It could be that he lives, visits or works there.

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