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22 March 2013, 16:48
Police are investigating a series of burglaries of chemists that have all happened in the couple of weeks.
Five chemists have been targeted in the past couple of weeks.
The first took place at The Common in Mulbarton at some point between 6.15pm on Wednesday 6 March and 4.20am on Thursday 7 March. The unknown offender(s) smashed glass of front door and stole a quantity of makeup and a quantity of cash.
In the second at the Market Place, Hingham on Sunday 17 March between 1.40am and 1.50am the front window was smashed. The offender(s) entered premises and took two tills containing a quantity of cash. One person was seen to run off down Bond Street and get into a waiting dark coloured hatchback which drove off.
A third incident took place on Thunder Lane in Norwich on Thursday 21 March at some point between 11.20pm and 11.35pm. A loud crash and bang was heard with damage caused to lower half of window pane. A search found that a cash till had been taken. It unclear how much contained in the till.
The fourth incident took place on Longwater Lane at Costessey on Friday 22 March between midnight and 12.15am. A loud bang was heard with a male seen to climb out of premises carrying a cardboard box with another male. They were seen to get into dark coloured VW Golf which drove off towards Longwater Lane. The contents of cardboard box were unknown.
The final incident took place at Spixworth Pharmacy on Crostwick Lane on Friday 22 March between 12.30am and 12.50am. A witness heard loud bangs and two males in dark clothing run away in direction of Rosetta Road. The bottom right glass panel in the double door entrance had been smashed in order to gain entry - nothing was taken or disturbed.
Police are encouraging proprietors to remain vigilant and, in particular, where possible not to leave cash on the premises overnight.
DI Andy Ninham from Norwich CID said: "Officers continue to investigate these recent burglaries and our enquiries are ongoing. We are linking the incidents, but we are keeping an open mind as to who the perpetrators are. I'd urge anyone who saw any suspicious activity or has knowledge of the crimes to call police. "
Any witnesses should contact Bethel Street CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.