Police are warning retail workers and shoppers to be vigilant following an increase in reports of thieves targeting cashier tills at supermarkets across Staffordshire – including in Uttoxeter. The force is also appealing for witnesses after another business's safe got raided by thieves.
Warning as thieves target supermarket tills
Police are warning retail workers and shoppers to be vigilant following an increase in reports of thieves targeting cashier tills at supermarkets across Staffordshire – including in Uttoxeter.
A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said on Thursday (June 23): “In the last two days, four thefts have taken place at popular supermarkets in Rugeley, Cannock and Uttoxeter.
“The first theft took place at around 2.30am on Tuesday (June 21) on Power Station Road in Rugeley.
“Two male offenders broke in and stole a total of four till cassettes, containing an unknown amount of cash.
“Both of the men were wearing yellow gloves, with one of them dressed in black and the other dressed in grey tracksuit bottoms, a black top and a grey hooded sweatshirt.”
The force spokesman continued: “The same premises had been previously targeted on March 8, where two men forced entry at around 2.20am and took approximately £5,000 in cash from the cassettes.
“Following the March theft, a stolen black Audi, which is believed to be used by the offenders to arrive at the scene, was discovered abandoned nearby.
“Similar circumstances were also reported at a supermarket on Town Meadows Way in Uttoxeter on June 13.
“Two men, wearing balaclavas and gloves, forced entry into the premises and attempted to break-open the cash tills inside, but were unsuccessful.
“It comes as, on March 10, three offenders forced entry into a supermarket at the Orbital Retail Centre in Cannock shortly before 10pm.
“They attempted to break-open till cassettes inside but were unsuccessful and left the premises in a vehicle parked nearby.”
Chief Inspector Giles Parsons, business crime lead for Staffordshire Police, added: “Business owners and employees should regularly inspect the alarm within the premises and ensure it is working correctly.
“Potential points of forced entry, such as side-doors or windows, should be made secure where possible and covered by CCTV cameras.
“Cash should be stored in bolted-down safes where possible and removed from till cassettes overnight.”
For more information on how to protect your business from burglars, visit the Staffordshire Police website.
Appeal after £15,000 in cash stolen from safe
Police are appealing for witnesses after cash was stolen from a business safe.
The incident happened sometime overnight on Wednesday, June 22, and Thursday, June 23, at a business between Cheadle and Uttoxeter.
A spokesman for Staffordshire said: “Officers are appealing for information after £15,000 in cash was stolen from a safe from a business in East Staffordshire.
Police were called shortly after 7am this morning (Thursday, June 23) to the business, based near the B5032 in Uttoxeter, following reports of a burglary.
“Officers attended and found a window had been smashed and cash had been stolen.”
The spokesman continued: “It is believed the theft took place sometime between 9.30pm on Wednesday (June 22) and 7.10am on Thursday (June 23).
“A total of three male offenders are believed to be involved.
“Officers are currently reviewing CCTV footage of the area at the time and urge anyone with information or relevant dashcam footage to get in touch.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on Facebook, Twitter, or call 101, quoting incident number 105 of June 23.
Alternatively people can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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