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Burglars pilfer perfume and aftershave in Dudley Boots break-in

A group of burglars made off with a stash of perfume and aftershave in a night-time raid on a Boots pharmacy in Dudley this weekend.

The Boots branch on Market Street, Kingswinford has been targeted by burglars for the second time in six months, the West Midlands Police confirmed to C+D today (April 8).

A spokesperson for West Midlands Police told C+D that “a group of people” broke into the pharmacy by smashing its front window in the early hours of Sunday morning “at around 2.15am”.

They said the gang swiped “quantities of perfume and aftershave” and fled the scene in an unspecified vehicle.

Read more: ‘Large quantity’ of prescription-only drugs stolen in late night pharmacy raid

In December, the same pharmacy was targeted in a burglary, the police spokesperson confirmed. 

Following that incident, a man was arrested in connection with the crime, but was “subsequently released”, they said.

The spokesperson appealed for anyone with information to call 101 or use the West Midlands Police website’s LiveChat, quoting the crime reference number 20/384002/24.

 

Crime waves

 

Last week (April 3), C+D exclusively revealed that reports of indecent exposure, stalking and upskirting in UK pharmacies had risen by 55% in one year.

In February, a man was jailed after he caused £5,000 worth of damage at a Cambridgeshire pharmacy and hit a member of the public when he was denied antibiotics without a prescription. 

Read more: Arrests made after Christmas Day pharmacy break-in

The same month, Merseyside Police revealed that large quantities of prescription-only medications (POMs) had been stolen from a West Derby pharmacy in a morning burglary.

C+D approached Boots for comment.

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