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UPDATED: Charity box stolen after three businesses broken into in one night
10:51am Friday 23rd August 2013 in News
VANDALS and thieves brought misery to Weymouth businesses in the latest of a spate of break-ins.
Premises on Lynch Road and Lynch Lane were targeted overnight on Thursday which has come after four Portland businesses were burgled earlier this month.
Alf’s Fish and Chips on Lynch Road was broken into and more than £1,100 was
Alf’s Fish and Chips on Lynch Road was broken into and more than £1,100 was stolen, including around £200 which had been donated by customers to help local schools.
Owner John Pearce said it is disgraceful that the money for the children has been taken and will be offering a reward if the culprit is caught.
He said: “The money was being collected to help Beechcroft St Paul’s Primary School and Conifers Primary School with their Christmas parties.
“We had been collecting for a few weeks and a lot of our local customers donated.
“It’s awful, I’m still in shock.
“The worst thing is we can replace our money because we’re insured but we can’t replace the children’s money.
“My wife Karen and I will replace it out of our own pocket.
“We will offer a reward for the conviction of the person who has done it.”
Business duo Jessica King and Zoe Wood have slammed vandals who smashed the windows of their three day old business the same night.
The pair opened Z J Beauty, a nail and spray tanning salon, on Lynch Lane just this week.
Ms King, of Abbotsbury Road, said they were 'devastated' to find the windows smashed yesterday morning. (FRI) The 35-year-old claims the act of vandalism could cost more than £500 to repair as well as valuable trading time while repair work is completed.
“I am absolutely devastated that this has happened after just three days of trading.
“I don't know who would do this, we are so very disappointed.
“Nothing was taken as we have security bars up behind the glass, but whoever did this wouldn't have seen them.”
The pair both moved to Weymouth more than 10 years ago to study a beauty course at Weymouth College.
Ms King added: “Zoe and I bumped into each other again around four years ago and as we are both single mums we decided to set up our own business.
“We are still really determined to make the salon a success and won't let whoever did this set us back.”
Dorset Motor Bodyworks on Lynch Lane were also burgled.
Dorset Police appeal for witnesses
POLICE are appealing for information after Portland businesses were also targeted by burglars.
Portland Bowling Club was targeted between midday on Sunday, August 4 and 10am on Monday, August 5 and a safe was stolen.
Between 5.30pm on Sunday August, 4 and 10.20am on Monday, August 5 money was stolen from St. Georges Church on Reforne.
Cash was also taken from Portland United Football Club, who suffered an identical break-in between 10.30pm on Sunday, August 11 and 7.30pm on Monday, August 12.
Thieves also struck at the Esso garage on Easton Lane in the early hours of Wednesday, August 14, entry was forced and tobacco taken.
Sergeant Ged Want said: “In each burglary, thieves have either smashed or removed windows in order to gain entry.
“I am appealing to anyone who may have information about any of these incidents, or may have seen someone acting suspiciously in these areas since the beginning of the month to contact police in confidence.
“I urge shopkeepers to make sure their premises are secured overnight.
“Do not leave cash inside your business at night if it can be avoided, and ensure tills are emptied and the tray left open.
“Do not leave keys to outbuildings on display and fix safes to a solid wall or floor, as well as ensuring alarm systems and CCTV devices are activated and in good working order.
“I ask that people keep their eyes peeled for anyone acting suspiciously in their area.”
Anyone with information can contact Dorset Police on 101, quoting incident number 14:39.
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