Police is appealing for witnesses following an increase in burglaries of business premises in the Greenleys, Wolverton and Stony Stratford areas of Milton Keynes.
A spike has been recorded by police since November 2018, with burglaries of local businesses in the north of Milton Keynes including shops, chemists, hairdressers and restaurants rising.
The offences are generally taking place between midnight and 6.30am and items including tills, cigarettes and charity collection pots have been stolen.
In connection with the cases, police have confirmed they have made 3 arrests.
A 34-year-old man from Wolverton has been arrested on suspicion of 13 counts of burglary. He has been released on police bail to appear at Milton Keynes police station on 1 February.
A 34-year-old man from Wolverton has been arrested on suspicion of four counts of burglary. He has been released on police bail to appear at Milton Keynes police station on 1 February.
A 40-year-old man from Wolverton has been arrested on suspicion of seven counts of burglary. He has been released on police bail to appear at Milton Keynes police station on 16 March.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Sebastian Kuzoe said, “I am appealing for anyone who has any information regarding these offences or has witnessed any suspicious behaviour that they feel may be relevant.
“Our enquiries suggest that the offences are being committed by a group of offenders who travel on foot and on bicycle and that different combinations of individuals from this group commit each offence. Any information or suspicious incident could be the last piece of the puzzle we need to identify these offenders.
“These crimes are upsetting and frustrating for the hard-working business owners affected. If you own or work in a business in the area, you can find advice on how to protect your business from burglary on our website or by visiting our crime prevention page.
“If you have any information, please get in touch using our online form or by calling 101. You will need to quote reference number 43190010404. Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
Anyone you would like to discuss any concerns that you have with the neighbourhood team can get in direct contact with them at [email protected] or call 101 and ask for the Wolverton neighbourhood team.