Police in Swadlincote are appealing for the public’s help and offering advice, following a spate of non-dwelling burglaries in the area.

 

More than 20 burglaries at business premises have been reported in recent weeks.

 

Patrols have been increased, which resulted in the swift arrest of a 33-year-old man in connection with a break in at Domino’s Pizza, Belmont Street, Swadlincote on Tuesday, October 30.

 

The man, Benjamin Hughes (33) of Midland Road, Swadlincote, pleaded guilty to the burglary at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, October 31 and is due to be sentenced on November 21. He was also recalled to prison.

 

A 21-year-old man was also arrested in connection with the burglary, and released under investigation.

 

Since October 30, there have been further break-ins. Our enquiries are ongoing and we would like to hear from anyone who has information on any of them.

 

Inspector Kate Bateman said; “Burglaries at business premises can do lasting damage to those businesses and we need the public’s help in bringing the offenders to justice.

 

“There are also some steps that people can take to help protect their property from burglars. These include the installation of security lights and CCTV and alarm systems.”

 

If you have any information on these incidents please make contact with us using one of the following non-emergency contact methods.

 

Please quote the reference number 18*521520.

 

 

You can also anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111 or by visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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