Vandals turn burglars during rampage

VANDALS turned burglars when they went on the rampage in Honiton at the weekend.

VANDALS turned burglars when they went on the rampage in Honiton at the weekend.In the second outbreak of criminal damage in the town in less than a week, business premises in Chapel Street, New Street and High Street were targeted in the early hours of Sunday.The first wave of vandalism was reported early last Wednesday, but the two outbreaks are not thought to be connected.PC Carly Davies, of Honiton police station, is appealing for witnesses, or anybody with information, to come forward.A car stereo was thrown through the window of Ink Addicts, in Chapel Street.A scenes of crime officer was observed by the Herald searching for clues at the premises later in the morning. Worshippers, processing from Honiton Methodist Church to Honiton Senior Citizens' Centre, to mark the start of a church refurbishment project, were confronted with the scene of devastation.At the other end of the town, Sweets and Treats, at the junction of High Street and Clapper Lane, was burgled.At least three jars of sweets were stolen after windows were smashed.Among them was a jar of banana and custard boiled sweets.Shop owner Tracey Slater said it was "business as usual" on Monday morning."This sort of thing has not happened to us before," she told the Herald."The windows have been damaged and three jars of sweets are missing."I have yet to do a full stock count."PC Davies said police were investigating a number of incidents of criminal damage and burglary, which all occurred in the early hours of Sunday.She said the incidents most likely happened between midnight and 4am.Witnesses, or anybody with information, are urged to call police on 08452 777444, quoting crime reference number KH/09/194. See page 7.