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Jewellery stolen in smash and grab raid in Beaminster
A WEST Dorset business is counting the cost of a smash and grab raid.
The front window of the Cafe Ann Day in Beaminster was targeted by a thief who smashed the glass pane and ran off with handfuls of jewellery.
Now the theft, in the early hours of last Saturday morning, December 7, has prompted a police warning to business owners that even in rural areas they need to consider their security.
Proprietor Ann Day, who this week had to open up the cafe, shop and gallery on Hogshil Street behind the boarded up window, said she and the staff were very upset at the raid.
“The window was booted in twice and we believe he tried to kick the door in as there is a footprint on it.
“A neighbour heard the glass smashing at about 1.20am and people over the road saw a car and a man wearing a hood.”
Ms Day said that the value of the items stolen, which were mostly rings, came to about £300.
“There were about ten items.
“Fortunately the best things were locked away.
“I would imagine they were for Christmas presents or to sell for drug money.
“I normally never leave the lights on in the window, but because it had been the Beaminster Lights festival the evening before, I had left the fairy lights on which had lit up the jewellery.”
Ms Day said she was sure people locally knew who was responsible and urged anyone with information to tell the police.
Local police section commander Insp Mike Darby said: “This is a very unusual crime for this area and not something that we expect to see very often.
“But shop owners need to consider the security of products or items of high value.
“Don’t leave such items in window displays without heightened security precautions.
“Although such incidents are rare, businesses need to be aware of the possibility.”
Insp Darby said that police are seeking further witnesses to come forward with information.
“We were alerted by someone who heard the sound of breaking glass and saw someone in a dark, hooded top making off.
“We believe there was a vehicle waiting nearby.
“Anyone who can help should call us on 101.”