Burglars go on pub/restaurant crawl to Sleaford - string of food outlets targeted overnight

Hansens Chocolates of Folkingham - one of the premises targeted by burglars. EMN-171003-092014001
Hansens Chocolates of Folkingham - one of the premises targeted by burglars. EMN-171003-092014001

Foodie thieves have targeted a string of pubs, restaurants and food outlets in the south of the county overnight (Thursday/Friday).

Police are investigating a catalogue of damage and thefts from break ins stretching from Gosberton to Sleaford in what appears to have been a professionally planned operation and one newly opened business owner is calling for action against the rising trend of burglaries in and around the town.

The Fortesque Arms pub in Billingborough was burgled overnight.

Two tablet computers were stolen, one of which was a Kindle Fire, along with a small quantity of cash which was in a dimpled glass pint mug with handle.

PCSO Sandra Brommell of Bourne and Billingborough neighbourhood policing team added: “We expect the glass to have been discarded! Has it been dumped or smashed near you?”

If calling police on 101 refer to incident 218 of 09/03/17.

The Old Ship Inn up the road at Pointon was also burgled overnight. A rear door was said to have been forced and items stolen included a guitar and a little cash.

Refer to incident 119 of 09/03/17.

Hansens chocolate shop in Folkingham was also targeted by burglars. Again, a rear door was forced with a flat headed screw driver, but nothing was stolen. Refer to incident 103 of 09/03/17.

Two further eatery premises in Sleaford were also broken into overnight. Police say £500 was taken from a unit on Millstream Square, overnight sometime after 11pm the same night. Refer to incident 122.

Cash and several bottles of spirits were taken from premises on Southgate - again thought to have happened overnight. Refer to incident 41.

A pub in Gosberton and another in Gosberton Risegate, near Spalding were also broken into.

Shirley Woods and son-in-law Mesut Palabiyik opened Tablez bistro and cafe in Millstream Square, Sleaford just three weeks ago and were devastated to find the break in this morning.

Shirley said: “It is more about the damage they did than what they stole. They stole our CCTV and we found it thrown in the river, but it and out security system is all back up and running thankfully.

“We were all gutted but the show must go on and friends came in to fix things and we carried on working.”

Mesut said the authorities need to help protect businesses after a spate of recent break-ins. He said: “The Thai restaurant near us was broken into as well, Yorkshire Trading was burgled the other week and we have heard that a supermarket, the Italian Connection and the Greek Taverna have all be burgled recently.”

He said more needed to be done to make businesses feel more secure. He said: “We put in alarms and CCTV but we cannot be having break-ins every couple of weeks. Sleaford is a nice town. We have put so much into this restaurant and after only three weeks this is a shock. Who will be next?”

PCSO Brommell said: “We are appealing for witnesses, who may have seen something suspicious or know who the offenders are to call 101 and help police in solving these rural crimes. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”