Charity box stolen as part of a string of burglaries at pubs across the region

The Crown pub, Acton which was hit in a string of burglaries in the area. Steve and Amanda Martin.
The Crown pub, Acton which was hit in a string of burglaries in the area. Steve and Amanda Martin.

Police are appealing for help in catching the criminals who targeted four pubs in one night, raiding tills, alcohol stores and charity boxes.

In Great Waldingfield, burglars took a till drawer, cash and alcohol from the White Horse in Lavenham Road, and in High Street, Acton, the haul from the Crown pub included bottles of whisky and wine, a charity box and a box of darts.

Crown landlord Steve Martin is very angry about the attacks. He said he lost half a day’s trade due to the amount of clearing up he had to do.

He believes the thefts were down to an organised gang operating together, saying the thieves damaged three separate windows before destroying a sash window to gain entry.

“The damage they caused outweighs what the actually took,” said Mr Martin.

“I can’t understand the sheer damage they caused, they just smashed their way in.”

Mr Martin said they were fitting extra security measures to prevent burglaries after being hit three times in 10 years.

“You do get nervous, not that we have been lackadaisical.

“They didn’t get very far as several doors were locked.”

The 55-year-old said he was “appalled” that they took the Help for Heroes charity box

In Horringer they took the till which was later found nearby. A man was seen in the area at the time described as white, five ft seven in tall, aged around 30 with short dark hair, wearing shorts and a t-shirt.

Drink, tobacco and cash also vanished from a pub in The Street, Chedburgh.

All the offences took place between 11pm on August 1 and 8am on August 2.

These offences follow a spate of thefts of hotel safes in July, including at the Black Lion in Long Melford and The Angel Hotel in Lavenham.

Police are now asking landlords to consider stepping up security at their pubs, including attack-tested door locks and intruder alarms.

Other advice includes installing a floor safe and intruder-activated smoke alarms.

Anyone with information relating to these crimes should contact PC Benjamin Oswick on 101.