High Street store ramraided 'for perfume'

Boots, Wallingford, after the attack

Boots, Wallingford, after the attack

First published in Wallingford

A CAR smashed through shop doors to raid a pharmacy in Wallingford yesterday morning.

The small grey car was spotted by two witnesses and caught on CCTV reversing through the doors of Boots in Market Place at about 5am.

It is believed the burglars were targeting perfume rather than drugs kept behind the counter of the store.

The part-owner of neighbouring clothes store First Edition, Lynn Dancer, said: “It is a mess. They have obviously just pulled things off shelves, and the doors are completely broken.

“I don’t think they were after the drugs at the back of the shop. Luckily the pharmacy is at the back of the store.

“It happens at this time of year. It is a shame. The same thing happened at Lloyd’s chemist nearby a few years ago. They had to put posts up so the doors can’t be rammed.”

Boots store manager Nicola Gniotek confirmed perfume was stolen from the store, but said it was open for business again yesterday afternoon.

Police spokesman Lucy Billen said: “We were called to an incident at 5.06am to Boots the chemist at the Market Place in Wallingford where front doors had been smashed in.

“We spoke to two witnesses and CCTV showed a small grey vehicle had reversed into the doors. “There was no sign of any medication taken and at the moment we have no details of what was taken,” she added.

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The police could not confirm or deny reports of any similar incidents around Oxfordshire.

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