Police are hunting a man who failed to appear before the courts for crimes committed in the Black Country.
Alex McEvoy, 26, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty at Walsall Magistrates Court last month to a theft which took place at an address on Mill Lane in Wednesfield.
Back in October last year, McEvoy stole cash and gold chains from a 24-year-old woman who he had befriended over a period of time. The chains, which were pawned, had belonged to the woman’s dead grandmother.
Having admitted the offence, he was released by the courts on bail pending sentencing.
LITTLE BLOXWICH OFFENCE
While on court bail, a similar offence took place in which a 23-year-old woman from Stoney Lane, Little Bloxwich befriended McEvoy and had her kindness re-paid by having her debit card stolen and a substantial quantity of cash stolen.
McEvoy was named as the offender but failed to appear before Walsall Magistrates Court on 8 August to face charges. In his absence, magistrate’s found him guilty and issued a warrant for his immediate arrest.
Despite the best efforts of local officers, Alex McEvoy who has connections across the West Midlands and Staffordshire, has so far evaded officers.
Detective Constable Jo Myatt-Jones, from Walsall police station, said:
“We are appealing to anyone who knows the whereabouts of Alex McEvoy to contact us.
“The courts have found that man chooses his victims based on their vulnerability and ingratiates himself with them and their family. He becomes involved in their lives, gaining their trust and then uses this to his advantage by betraying them and stealing from them.
“He has used many guises to meet women including pretending to be a security guard.
“We have released his picture in a bid to trace him and to try to prevent him committing any further offences. He may be operating under an alias and we are urging anyone who may recognise him or can tell us where he is to get in touch.”
Anyone with information which may aid DC Myatt-Jones should call West Midlands Police on 101. Alternatively information can be given anonymously by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.