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Investigation after businesses targeted by burglars in Thanet and surrounding area

A number of businesses in Thanet and the surrounding area have been targeted by burglars during the May Bank Holiday.

Kent Police is investigating 11 reports of burglaries and attempted burglaries, believed to have taken place mainly overnight between Sunday 5 and Monday 6 May 2019.

Most of the premises are believed to be businesses, although residential properties have also reported break-ins. Following some of the burglaries, safes were reported stolen.

Reports have included:
– A burglary at an office in Alland Grange Lane in Manston between 4am and 4.20am on 6 May where the door was damaged but nothing stolen. (46/85706/19)
– An attempted burglary at a caravan site in Manston, between 2.30am and 2.35am on 6 May. (46/85644/19)
– A burglary at commercial premises in Margate Road in Broadstairs at around 2.50am on 6 May. Nothing was reported stolen. (46/85654/19)
– A safe was stolen during a burglary at a social club in Camden Road, Ramsgate at around 4am on 6 May. (06-0421)
– Attempted burglary at commercial premises in Hengist Road, Birchington at around 3.50am on 6 May (06-0235)
– An attempted burglary at a café in St Mildreds Road in Westgate-on-Sea at around 3.30am on 6 May (06-1401)
– A safe was reported stolen during a burglary at an industrial unit in Pysons Road, Broadstairs at around 2.30am on 6 May (06-127)
– A safe and GPS devices were reported stolen from a shed in Betteshanger Country Park, in Sandwich Road, Sholden overnight between 5 and 6 May. (06-0338)
– A container was broken into in Chestfield Road, Whitstable between Friday 3 May and Saturday 4 May 2019 where confectionary was reported stolen. (06-0384)
– A window was smashed at Grove Ferry Boat Club in Canterbury overnight between Sunday 5 May and Monday 6 May 2019 where cash was taken. (06-0303)
– A burglary at Wildwood gift shop in Herne Bay overnight between Sunday 5 May and Monday 6 May 2019. Enquiries are ongoing to determine what has been stolen. (06-0276).

Officers are currently treating the reports as linked, and are appealing for residents to check their CCTV systems in case they may have captured something which might assist the investigation.

Kent Police Sergeant Steve Moat from Thanet Community Safety Unit said: ‘It is very unusual to have this many burglaries in one night, especially as the suspects would have covered a large geographical area, and we are sure that someone will know who is responsible for these offences.

‘We want to thank everyone who has come forward already and spoken to officers about the burglaries, and I urge any business owners who think their premises may have been targeted, who have not yet reported it, to call 101 with the details.’

Witnesses to any of the reports are asked to call Kent Police on 01843 222289 quoting the relevant reference number.