Fruit machine thieves target Devon

18/07/2012

Police across Devon are appealing for information following a spate of pub break ins where the fruit machines inside have been targeted.

Officers believe that the break-ins and subsequent cash thefts at pubs in Plymouth, Plympton and Exeter could be linked.
 Most recently, in the early hours of Tuesday, July 17, the Toby Carvery on Tavistock Road, Plymouth was struck when offenders broke in to the premises and damaged the fruit machine to gain access to the cash within.

On the same day the Cat and Fiddle on Sidmouth Road at Clyst St Mary, Exeter was raided and burglars broke into two fruit machines and made off with the cash from within.
The Lord Louis pub on Glen Road, Plympton was hit in the early hours of Sunday,  July 15. After breaking in, the suspect has gained access to the cash box in the pub’s fruit machine, causing damage and leaving with cash.

Also in the early hours of July 15, the Farmers’ Union pub in Queens Terrace Exeter was struck with its fruit machine being stolen from.

Between July 10 and 11, the Lyneham Inn on the old A38 at Plympton was targeted as thieves gained entry to the pub and then broke into the fruit machine and stole cash. They also took unknown sums of money from various charity collection boxes, another sum of cash from inside the pub and a laptop.

 

The Imperial in Exeter was also broken into in the early hours of  July 8 and one of their fruit machines had cash stolen from it.

A police spokesman said: “This looks to be a trend and we suspect that the offenders may be linked or part of a gang operating in the area.

“We are asking publicans to be extra vigilant, note any suspicious behaviour and to ensure their security is in place as well as removing any high value items where possible overnight.”

Anyone with any information is asked to please contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting crime ref. EP/12/781.

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