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Stamford festive thefts are probed by police

Police are investigating several incidents of theft that took place in Stamford over the Christmas period.

In Kesteven Road three garages were broken into and goods including an industrial heater, domestic heater, wheelchair, ladder and boat motor were stolen.

Police (6320447)
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Stamford Police’s Inspector Ian Martin said the thefts had taken place on the night of
December 26.

“There’s a block of about 12 garages and at least three were broken onto,” he said.

“It is very unusual to have crime in that area and we think it was someone looking for goods that were easy to carry away and sell.”

He said the garages were likely to have been targeted as they were separate to the houses and more vulnerable to crime.

“We have not had anything before this and nothing since,” he said.

“If you are concerned about the safety of items in your garage or shed it’s a good idea to fit an alarm and also keep a catalogue of everything stored including serial numbers.”

Police have appealed for help in tracing a suspect following two incidents of theft from stores in the High Street.

In one a candle worth £20 was stolen from The White Company while a pair of brown ladies gloves worth £20 was stolen from Joules. Both incidents took place on December 26.

Police believe the same person is also linked to an incident at Mountain Warehouse on the same day.

On December 28, an unknown suspect made off with 16 bottles of spirits worth £610 from Waitrose.

“The same person went back on December 30 and tried to steal £450 worth of alcohol again,” said Inspector Martin.

“Staff approached the suspect but he became aggressive and threatened them before getting into a silver Ford Fiesta that headed in the direction of
the A1.”

“A lot of this type of theft is done by organised crime groups that travel around the East Midlands and country to commit crime.

“It’s not always easy but we use CCTV footage and our links with other police forces to track them down.”

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