Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Business Park thefts could be linked, say police

Police are appealing for information after a series of commercial burglaries on Lancaster Business Park last month.

Four units on the Caton Road industrial estate were broken into overnight between the 28th and 29th of January. In total, around £14,000 worth of goods, including laptops, mobile phones, watches and perfume were stolen.

Two of the offences took place at business premises on Mannin Way. One burglary was reported at Independent Contractor Services, where the offenders have used a blunt instrument to gain entry through a first floor fire door where they have carried out a methodical search before stealing an old Blackberry mobile phone in non-working order.

The offenders have also targeted  a business unit called Purely Creative, prising open a ground floor window and removed numerous boxes of Superdry watches, Clinique Happy perfume and Kate Moss summer perfume, together worth more than £9,000.

Two further offences took place when the offenders gained access to Persimmon House and selected a 2ft x 2ft green safe containing cash as well as four HP Laptops and two mobile phones.

Police are also investigating an attempted burglary at BT Directories Ltd, where the offenders have attempted to gauge open the front door lock without success.

“An investigation is underway and given the similarities and the timescales of the offences we believe the offences to be linked," said DC Tris Hardwick from Lancaster Reactive CID.

“I would appeal to anybody with any information about any of these burglaries to come forward and call Lancashire Police on 101.

“The weight and number of items taken would suggest a vehicle was used so I’d be keen to hear from anyone that saw a vehicle parked up in the area or anyone acting suspiciously.”

• People with information can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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