Police not ruling out possibility of linking three break-ins in east Suffolk

Store is Hasketon was among those raided

Store is Hasketon was among those raided

Police have not ruled out linking three break-ins carried out across east Suffolk.

Between 3pm on Sunday and 2.45am on Monday, equestrian and country clothing store Kings of Suffolk, in Grundisburgh Road, Hasketon, was broken into.

The intruders forced entry through the door and stole a silver Casio till, approximately £500 in cash and around 25 Barbour and Aigle men’s jackets – each one worth several hundred pounds.

Owner Jayne Ackland-Snow said new security measures were being put in place after the incident, but it was business as usual.

She added: “The shop has been here for more than 20 years and it hasn’t been broken into before.

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“It’s hard to put a value on it but it’s somewhere between £5,000 and £10,000 worth of damage.

“There was evidence left at the scene which police hope to match.

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“They knew what they were looking for. A lot of the coats had all the zips undone.

“We never have the zips undone. It seems someone had came in the day before and prepared all the coats to be taken.

“I don’t know when that happened. When you’re busy you don’t always check that, and you make sure everything is tidy in the morning.

“We were definitely specifically targeted for the most expensive coats in the shop.

“When the zips are undone it makes them easier to take them off.

“It’s not nice for it to happen, it’s very disconcerting.

“But we have had a huge amount of support.”

A cafe in Marlesford, believed to be the Farm Cafe, was broken into between 5.30pm on Saturday and 7.30am on Sunday.

The intruders damaged the doors, windows, alarm, and veranda of the café, and stole a white Casio till which had approximately £100 inside.

And between 4pm on Boxing Day and 8am on Saturday, eight bottles of gin, 23 bottles of whisky, 21 bottles of vodka, rum, cava and 17 bottles of brandy, along with £200 cash from a till, was stolen from Market Fields in Holton Road, Halesworth.

The alcohol stolen approximately totalled £1,000.

A Suffolk Constabulary spokeswoman said the force was considering the possibility that the incidents could be linked.

Anyone with information about the break-in in Marlesford is asked to call 101 quoting LE/14/1362, while quoting WO/14/2110 for the Hasketon break-in and BE/14/1549 for the Halesworth break-in.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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