Shoplifting in Axminster 'on the increase'

SHOPLIFTING is on the increase in Axminster because of the credit crunch, according to shop keepers. Mole Avon Town and Country Store was broken into on Tuesday, March 10, and almost �2,500 worth of stock fencing was taken. And hundreds of pounds worth o

SHOPLIFTING is on the increase in Axminster because of the credit crunch, according to shop keepers.

Mole Avon Town and Country Store was broken into on Tuesday, March 10, and almost �2,500 worth of stock fencing was taken.

And hundreds of pounds worth of products have been stolen from Boots.

Mole Avon Steven Broom said: "It makes me very angry. It's a financial burden and there's the annoyance factor that someone has been in and take your goods."

The break in took place between 2.30am and 3.30am after a transit van entered the secured site.

A spokesperson for Boots said the store had been targeted on a number of occasions.

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He said: "I would like to see the perpetrator(s) severely dealt with."

He added that the rise was probably both drug related and due to the economic crisis.

Both stores said they felt the police communication system Axcom - a shop radio link which puts them in direct contact with police - had proved useful in the event of shoplifting.