Burglaries at shops in Salisbury and Tidworth - appeal for information

Alert message sent 18/01/2019 14:09:00

Information sent on behalf of Wiltshire Police

We are appealing for information after two shops were broken into in the early hours of Tuesday January 15.

At approximately 2.15am, a burglary was reported at the Nisa shop in Winterslow Road, Salisbury. 

A window was smashed with what is believed to have been a sledgehammer, and an attempt made to access the cigarettes. The suspects made off in a dark vehicle – details of the vehicle were passed to police by a witness, and searches were carried out. 

At 2.40am, another burglary was reported at the Spar shop in Beech Hill, Tidworth. Again, it is believed a sledgehammer had been used to smash a window and cigarettes and alcohol stolen.

Officers carried out searches of the area for the vehicle which the suspects were believed to be travelling in and it was found crashed into a tree near the A338 at Cholderton at approximately 2.45am. Cigarettes and alcohol were located inside the vehicle along with a sledgehammer.

The occupants decamped and area searches were carried out with assistance from Hampshire Constabulary. 

A 21-year-old man from Southampton was arrested near the scene on suspicion of burglary and was taken to Melksham custody for questioning. He has since been released under investigation.

Det Con Mark Welch said: “We’d like to thank the members of the public who reported these incidents to police and provided us with descriptions of those involved as well as the vehicle they were travelling in. 

“While we have made one arrest, we believe one man is still outstanding and we would urge anyone with information to contact us. We are continuing with our enquiries into these incidents which we are treating as linked. Significant damage was caused to both premises and we are keen to hear from anyone who can help.”

Anyone with information should call 101 and quote crime reference number 54190004598. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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Katie Bond (Police, Media Officer, Wiltshire)

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