Sx Police seek B&B conman

14 September 2010, 15:07 | Updated: 14 September 2010, 15:15

Sussex Police is appealing to the public to help locate Allan Goodin, who is wanted for 16 separate offences of theft and deception committed across the South East of England.

The conman's modas operandi is to book into a bed and breakfast posing as a paying guest. He then stays for a number of nights before stealing from the premises, often from the guest house owner themselves, and then making off without paying.

Goodin has booked B&B rooms using a number of different names in the past and is adept at hiding his identity. Police are hoping that releasing his picture to the media will help to locate him.

Goodin booked into a Bohemia Road bed and breakfast in Hastings in July 2010, where he stayed for a number of nights before breaking into the owners own private rooms and stealing £800 cash and sentimental jewellery that she had valued at over £1000.

He is known to have stayed in another Hastings guest house in September 2009 where he disappeared after staying for three nights, leaving his bill unpaid.

Goodin appeared on the BBC Crimewatch programme in the 'rogues gallery' in June, where the presenters appealed for information as to his whereabouts. Unfortunately he wasn't located and detectives are now launching a fresh appeal for information as to where he is hiding.

Detective Constable Sarah Richards said: "Allan Goodin is known to frequent Hastings and commit these type of offences while here. If he is in your guest house this morning please call us straight away on 0845 6070999, or if he has stayed with you at any time, detectives would like to talk to you, and we would ask you to call us please, your information could be vital in catching this man."

Callers can also pass information anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111