Police weren’t foiled by this crook’s disguise – a pair of glasses

Metro 2 weeks ago
Wanted man caught after glasses disguise failed to hide his big ears and tattoo
David Springthorpe was mocked by social media users over his disguise (Pictures: SWNS)

Police teased a wanted thief after he tried to evade capture by disguising himself with a pair of glasses.

David Springthorpe, 30, was being hunted by officers for breaching a court order as well as number of shoplifting offences.

But they didn’t have to look too far to find the crook after spotting him in the street – despite his attempts to ‘change his image’ with the specs.

Social media users poked fun at the effort after officers from the South Normanton and Pinxton Safer Neighbourhood Team posted comical before and after mugshots online.

Many were quick to ridicule the attempt, with one pointing out how the disguise did nothing to conceal his ‘massive ears and neck tattoo’.

David Springthorpe. A big-eared wanted crook with a distinctive neck tattoo was easily caught after trying to fool police by disguising himself - with only a pair of SPECTACLES. See SWNS story SWMDdisguise. David Springthorpe, 30, was being hunted by officers for breaching a court order as well as number of shoplifting offences. But cops didn't need to look far to find the thief after spotting him in the street despite attempts to "change to his image" by sporting a pair of glasses. Comical mug shots show Springthrope's poor attempt at a disguise after he was arrested on Market Street, in South Normanton, Derbys. He was subsequently charged with theft of several perfume and gift sets from Boots and jailed for 30 weeks at Chesterfield Justice Centre on Saturday (16/11). South Normanton & Pinxton Safer Neighbourhood Team, part of Derbyshire Police, shared details of Springthorpe's "cunning" disguise on Twitter.
Police said the disguise ‘fortunately’ was ‘not quite cunning enough’ to outsmart them (Picture: SWNS)
David Springthorpe. A big-eared wanted crook with a distinctive neck tattoo was easily caught after trying to fool police by disguising himself - with only a pair of SPECTACLES. See SWNS story SWMDdisguise. David Springthorpe, 30, was being hunted by officers for breaching a court order as well as number of shoplifting offences. But cops didn't need to look far to find the thief after spotting him in the street despite attempts to "change to his image" by sporting a pair of glasses. Comical mug shots show Springthrope's poor attempt at a disguise after he was arrested on Market Street, in South Normanton, Derbys. He was subsequently charged with theft of several perfume and gift sets from Boots and jailed for 30 weeks at Chesterfield Justice Centre on Saturday (16/11). South Normanton & Pinxton Safer Neighbourhood Team, part of Derbyshire Police, shared details of Springthorpe's "cunning" disguise on Twitter.
Social media users were quick to point out the ruse failed to hide his ‘massive ears and neck tattoo’ (Picture: SWNS)

Springthorpe was subsequently charged with the theft of several perfume gift sets from Boots and jailed for 30 weeks at the Chesterfield Justice Centre.

The force, part of Derbyshire Police, wrote that Springthorpe was held ‘after a short foot chase’.

They added that he had ‘recently changed his image by sporting a pair of glasses’, but ‘fortunately this was not quite cunning enough to outsmart the team’.

Web users took to social media to mock Springthorpe’s attempt, with Tom Armstrong writing: ‘Pleased with the custodial sentence. Doubt it will make much difference though. Unfortunately it’s in one ear, out the other with people like him. ‘

Angela May said: ‘On reflection, David realised the Mickey Mouse Ear muffs may have been less conspicuous than he first thought and was regretting his choice of the Michael Caine-style glasses.’

Tim Bottomley added: ‘Yes mate, those glasses completely disguise the fact you’ve got massive ears and a neck tattoo. PMSL He looks exactly the same.’

Springthorpe, from Alfreton, was previously in court back in January after stealing £20 worth of steak from a Co-Op store when he was fined £80 and ordered to pay £20 compensation and £85 costs.


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