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What’s going on ear then? Police not fooled by crook’s disguise

Spot the difference: David Springthorpe and his 'disguise' (right)

A WANTED criminal with a distinctive neck tattoo was easily snared by police despite trying to disguise himself with a pair of glasses.

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

But cops didn’t need to look far to find the thief after spotting him in the street despite his attempts to ‘change to his image’ by sporting a pair of glasses.

Comical mug shots show Springthorpe’s poor attempt at a disguise after he was arrested on Market Street, in South Normanton, Derbyshire.

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

South Normanton and Pinxton Safer Neighbourhood Team, part of Derbyshire Police, shared details of Springthorpe’s ‘cunning’ disguise on social media.

They wrote: ‘Springthorpe has recently changed his image by sporting a pair of glasses… fortunately, this was not quite cunning enough to outsmart the team.

‘He was convicted of the thefts and sentenced to a 30 week custodial sentence.’

Web users took to social media to mock the criminal’s attempt to deceive officers despite his distinctive appearance.

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 put: ‘Yes, mate, those glasses completely disguise the fact you’ve got massive ears and a neck tattoo.’

Paul Chumbley added: ‘Love him or lobe him… it looks like he’s a criminal.’