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26 January 2011, 11:55 | Updated: 10 February 2011, 13:55
Police are releasing CCTV stills of people they would like to speak to in connection with two burglaries at the Shephall Centre in Stevenage.
POLICE are releasing CCTV stills of people they would like to speak to in connection with two burglaries at the Shephall Centre in Stevenage.
There was a break in at the centre in Shephall Green at around 3.20am in the early hours of Sunday, January 9. Offenders forced entry through a rear door and stole a quantity of alcohol from a store room before triggering an alarm. They then made off.
However, around five hours later, two suspects gained access through the insecure door, which was awaiting boarding up.
A member of staff was on the premises and was confronted by the two suspects. She was made to go into an adjacent office but managed to get away via a fire exit. The two suspects made off shortly afterwards with a small quantity of alcohol.
The first man in the second offence is described as being of mixed heritage, in his early 20s, around five foot eight inches tall, and of small beard. He had a goatee beard and was wearing a blue or grey silky puffer jacket with four white stripes on sleeves, a grey hoodie with an orange/red t-shirt underneath, tracksuit bottoms tucked into socks, dark trainers with some form of white marking on the rear and some dark coloured gloves.
The second suspect was also described as being in his 20s, of mixed heritage, approximately five feet eight inches tall, with a goatee beard but of a large build. He was wearing a cream/grey top, a tight fitting black hat, jeans, dark trainers with red soles and dark coloured gloves.
Detective Constable Geoffrey Scarborough said: “We are treating these incidents as separate crimes at this time and are following various lines of enquiry. This type of incident is extremely rare but obviously was very distressing for the member of staff who was in the premises during the second incident. We would ask anyone who thinks they have any information at all about this incident to come forward. Did you see anyone acting suspiciously in the vicinity of the centre? Do you think you might recognise the people in the CCTV pictures?"