Traders angry after spate of burglaries in Falmouth town centre
BURGLARS have been on a January rampage through Falmouth, stealing cash and leaving a trail of damage.
Police believe most of the break-ins have been carried out by the same gang and are warning business owners to be on their guard.
The targeted traders, which include a food retailer, pub, restaurant and car garage, are within a mile of each other.
"They came to exactly the same place and did exactly the same thing as last time," said one business owner, who asked not to be named.
"In these hard times, when you are working to make money and somebody else comes in and takes it, it is frustrating."
The raiders stole hundreds of pounds on each occasion and caused damage.
"It is going to cost us more money to repair the damage, replace items and invest in more security," he added. "I'm angry."
Another owner who was burgled for the second time in six weeks, with more than £1,000 stolen, also suffered a third burglary at another town centre business.
None of the businesses – from Berkeley Vale, near The Moor, to Arwenack Street – wanted to be identified.
But one town centre trader said businesses and the police needed to take a stand.
An attempted burglary at Shaded Lady Tattoo on Killigrew Street was foiled and the would-be thief chased off two weeks ago. "We are not going to stand for it," owner Al Williams said. "It makes me really angry every time I hear about another burglary, especially when it finally reaches your door."
Mr Williams has installed a padlocked gate on his front door, a grill on his window and CCTV.
Sergeant Martin Roberts, from Falmouth police, said no one had yet been arrested for any of the burglaries.
"I suspect that the majority of these break-ins are committed by the same people. I would ask business owners to review security. Where possible, remove any cash from the premises."
Anyone with any information about the burglaries should contact Sergeant Roberts or call 101.