Police sent a spoof Valentine’s Day message to ‘woo back’ a fugitive after he taunted officers and challenged them to find him.
Sussex Police tweeted ‘love letters’ to runaway offenders including Dean Mazirel, who served time for burglary, assault and criminal damage.
The 33-year-old, who was wanted on recall to prison for not abiding by the terms of his release, mocked police on Facebook last month after they issued a plea for information on his whereabouts.
Police shared this mock Valentine’s message to Mazirel, after he taunted them on Facebook when they started their search
But Mazirel was sent a fresh February 14 message urging him to return into their warm embrace.
The police tweeted: ‘Naughty naughty Dean Mazirel from Worthing. You stayed out late from prison but it’s time to come back into our loving arms xxxx.’
They added: ‘Dean broke our hearts when he stayed out late, he promised he’d return.
‘He’s stayed in touch on Facebook but we’d love to see his new haircut in person. We know he only cut it for us. Seen him?’
Sussex Police posted the original Facebook appeal on January 31, offering £500 for information that led to Mazirel’s arrest.
The Worthing man was released in November 2017. But a cheeky post from a Facebook profile held by someone called Dean Mazirel mocked officers’ efforts.
‘To be honest I’m a bit upset I’m only worth £500,’ he wrote. ‘If you up the reward we might be able to come to some kind of arrangement. Until then I’ll continue to enjoy my freedom.’
A Sussex Police spokesman continued the public exchange, posting: ‘Lovely to hear from you Dean. It looks like you’ve cut your hair? We’d love to see it in person!
‘Don’t hesitate to stop by your local police station for a chat.’
Mazirel’s response was liked more than 600 times by Facebook users. He wrote: ‘Don’t no [sic] why peope [sic] are getting so emotional over it or my hair. I’m not hurting anyone, I’m miding [sic] my own business sipping on cocktails by the sea.’
Police also sent a Valentine’s to Martin Bennett, inviting him for reconciliation after he stood them up at court
Officers issued this request for information on their lost love Callum Glover, offering £500 for information that leads to his arrest
Detective Inspector Dave Grover said: ‘We are offering £500 for information which leads directly to his arrest. Anyone who knows where Dean is or with information is urged to call us.’
Officers also penned mock love letters to Martin Bennett, declaring he’d stood them up at court, ‘lost love’ Callum Gower from Hastings and Rye.