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Help us find burglars targeting Wigston charity shop

Can you help police catch hooded burglars who have struck at our shop in Wigston?

We’ve issued a rallying cry to the local community to help find the crooks after the shop in Leicester Road was targeted for the SEVENTH time.

We’ve released security camera footage to try to nab the culprits. It’s believed the same gang could be responsible for the recent spate of break-ins. it’s the fourth time the shop has been targeted in the last two months.

In the early hours of Saturday morning burglars in hoodies brandishing crowbars forced their way in and smashed the alarm.

Now we are appealing to members of the Wigston community to rally round and help find the culprits – and to also keep an eye out for any suspicious activity near the shop.

There were two break-ins in three weeks during November last year and one in December. In previous break-ins hundreds of pounds damage was caused and the safe and cash were stolen. It total the store has now had SEVEN break-ins in about 20 months.

You can watch full footage here in this news story.

A CCTV and an alarm system have recently been installed and other extra security measures have all been introduced. No money is now kept on the premises overnight.

In the latest break in burglars fled empty-handed when the alarm went off. They smashed it but it carried on ringing.

We are now looking to put in roller shutters to further protect the shop and has appealed to the public to dig deep and help out with donations to help fund this.

If you want to help please click here

Area manager Rachael Abi-Rached said: “To be repeatedly targeted in this way is appalling and we are appealing to the good people of Wigston to help us out. We obviously want to help the police catch these despicable criminals but we’re also hoping the public will keep an eye out for us and report any suspicious activity near the store.’’

Anyone who has any information to contact the police on 101 quoting crime number 17000008636.

The recent break-ins were; 6th November, 27th November 2016, 16th December and last weekend.

News of the repeated break-ins has shocked people in Wigston and prompted a wave of disgust that people could stoop so low on social media. The video has been watched more than 50,000 times on our facebook page.

TV crews from the BBC and ITV have both featured the story.

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