Witness appeal following commercial burglaries in Dorchester

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a series of reports of commercial burglaries in Dorchester.

Shortly after 12am on Friday 28 September 2018 Dorset Police received a report of a break-in at Malvern Tyres at Poundbury West Industrial Estate. It was reported that a till had been taken.

At 2.55am a further report was received of a burglary in progress at Dorset Cyclelife Electric on Bridport Road in Poundbury with a large quantity of electric bikes loaded into a vehicle.

Reports were also received of a burglary at Dorchester Strength and Conditioning as well as attempted break-ins at the Domestic Appliance Centre and Dorset Vehicle Rentals, all on the Railway Triangle Industrial Estate, which had occurred on the night of Thursday 27 September 2018. Police also received a report of an attempt to steal a Volkswagen Caravelle campervan at Middle Farm Way in Poundbury.

A 47-year-old man from Liverpool was arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary in connection with the Dorset CycleLife Electric incident and has been released under investigation as detectives continue their enquiries.

Detective Constable Lynda Soutine, of Weymouth CID, said: “We are carrying out a full investigation into all of these reported burglaries and I am appealing for any witnesses to these incidents or anyone with information to contact police.

“I would also like to take the opportunity to urge businesses in the Dorchester area to review the security measures they have in place to make sure your premises is not vulnerable to potential offenders.

“For crime prevention advice on protecting your business visit http://www.dorset.police.uk/help-advice-crime-prevention/home-property-belongings/secure-your-business/.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at http://www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55180157169. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org.