A mystery milk snatcher has been caught on CCTV outside a primary school - after swiping 1,000 cartons in the past four months.
In total the lactose-loving thief has plundered a more than 200 litres of milk, which should have been enjoyed by kids aged 4-11. Officials at Kincraig Primary School in Blackpool, Lancshire, have been left hundreds of pounds out of pocket as a result of the crime spree.
Exacerbated headteacher Karen Appleby has now released incriminating CCTV footage in a bid to get the perpetrator identified and apprehended. One clip appears to show a hooded figure accompanied by a small dog jumping over the fence and walking off with some milk.
"Culprit has been helping himself every single day"
Another video, dated June 18, shows someone waiting at the gate for the suspect to return from the school grounds and hand over his haul. Milk gets delivered to Kincraig Primary School by delivery men with their own key every day between midnight and 2am.
Teachers first noticed cartons were missing in June and they say the thieving continued "on and off" until the end of the summer term.
However, since September the culprit has been helping himself every single day. Mrs Appleby said: "He jumps over the railings with his little dog following him and helps himself to as much milk as he wants.
"He comes at different times so somebody would have to sleep outside to catch him in the act, and we can't do that.
"Mrs Appleby said teachers had taken to using their own cash to replace the milk, which is given to pupils free of charge as part of a balanced diet.
"We don't want them to go without it," she said.
A police spokesman said: "We have had this reported to us as going on since June. It looks like potentially a man has been taking the cartons of milk."It is under investigation so if anyone has any information they can contact us on 101 quoting the log number 838."