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Drink thieves target store seven times
Published 18/02/13

A GANG of alcohol thieves has been targeting a Henley supermarket.

There have been seven incidents of shoplifting in 12 days at Waitrose, off Bell Street, and the offenders have escaped with hundreds of pounds worth of drink, mainly vodka.

Police have released CCTV images of five suspects in the hope that Standard readers can identify them.

Insp Mark Harling, head of Henley police, said: “We completely understand that thefts from shops, if uninvestigated, can have a dramatic effect on the economy in the town.

“I want businesses to know that we are doing all we can to assist them in reducing loss.” One image shows a woman entering the store at 8pm on January 31, where she is believed to have stolen eight bottles of vodka, worth 239.20.

The blonde woman is thought to have hidden the items under a shawl and left the store, making no attempt to pay. This was repeated three times in the space of five minutes.

She is described as large and wearing an orange top, black shawl and black glasses.

Other images show two men entering the supermarket at 7.45pm on January 29. They put five bottles of vodka worth 203 into a bag and left the shop without attempting to pay. One was in his early to mid-forties, large and dressed mainly in black with a cloth cap. The other was just under 6ft, slim and was also dressed in black with a blue and purple striped scarf.

At 12.51pm on the same day, two women stole 230 worth of alcohol, including four bottles of whisky and three bottles of brandy, which they secreted in their shopping bags.

One woman is described as in her early fifties, 5ft 2in and large with curly brown hair. The other was in her late thirties, about 5ft 7in and slim.

In the other thefts from Waitrose, a couple stole three bottles of vodka on February 2.

The man was in his thirties, about 6ft and was wearing a grey flat cap and a brown leather jacket, brown scarf, black trousers and black leather shoes. On the following Monday a woman concealed bottles of vodka in a plastic bag before walking out without paying. She later returned and attempted to steal another four bottles but is thought to have been “spooked” by a member of staff.

She is described as 35, about 5ft 8in, large with blonde and light red hair. She was wearing a black and white striped top, dark jacket, black trousers and black shoes.

On Monday last week, a man stole a number of bottles of alcohol. He was 30 to 35, overweight and had short black hair. He was wearing reading glasses, a black leather jacket, dark hooded top with white writing on the front, dark jeans and black shoes.

Insp Harling said: “We would really like to speak to the people pictured as we feel they could assist us with these enquiries.”

If you can identify any of the people in the images or have any information about the thefts, call the Thames Valley Police non-emergency number of 101 or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Published 18/02/13

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