A COMPUTER geek has been stealing hundreds of pounds-worth of magazines from the same newsagent for three years, it is believed.
Police officers believe specialist Apple Mac computer magazines worth a total of £600 have been stolen from the WH Smith store in King Street, Stroud by the same man since 2011.
Computer experts said their premium quality image could be a reason why they have been targeted.
In the latest incident, shortly after 10am on Wednesday, July 9, a man picked up a copy of iCreate, ripped the barcode off and walked out without paying.
Investigating police have released two images of a man who they hope can help with their inquiries.
Rob Waite of Stroud-based web design firm Hostpipe said iCreate and other magazines like it are desirable to many Apple Mac users.
“If they have an Apple you would think they could afford the magazine too,” said Rob.
“There are a lot of new developments with Macs that users want to keep up with and magazines like this do that, and they are of a very high quality.
“It may not be just the gaining of information from the magazine though - he may want to hold something which feels slightly prestigious.”
On its website iCreate says it is ‘accessible, smart and authoritative’, thriving ‘on the mantra ‘instruct, inform, inspire’, helping thousands of Mac users realise their creative ambitions’.
A man who police believe can help them with their inquiries was described as white, 6ft tall, of medium to heavy build, in his 60s and with short, white hair.
He was wearing blue jeans, a navy jacket, a white striped shirt and sunglasses clipped to his shirt.
Anyone who recognises him should call Gloucestershire Constabulary on 101, quoting incident 139 of July 9, and ask to speak to PC 1252 Gillan.
A WH Smith spokeswoman declined to comment on the matter.