Victim 'intimidated' by smirking theft suspect

PUBLISHED: 08:35 03 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:16 15 June 2010

AN AXMINSTER hairdresser feels the police have failed her after her shop was broken into for a third time and claims a suspected culprit continues to mock her.

AN AXMINSTER hairdresser feels the police have failed her after her shop was broken into for a third time - and claims a suspected culprit continues to mock her.Karen Elkington, who runs 'Karens' at Victoria Place, said police promised to fit a burglar alarm because of the "embarrassment" - but never returned.After the first burglary, in which windows were broken and the shop was left in disarray, she said the police did not visit until almost a week later.Though prompter and more thorough on the following occasion, Ms Elkington says she still sees the person she believes to be responsible walk by "smirking" at her.She said: "The police promised me an alarm because my shop had been broken into three times within a short space of time. They said they felt embarrassed."They said they would put one in the following week but, to this day, they still haven't rung."And we see the alleged thief looking in, smirking. It's intimidating and I don't like it at all. He should have been locked away - not walking free to make fun of us. He can't just go around robbing."A member of staff, who did not wish to be named, added: "I've lost faith in the police and the law."In the first two incidents, money was taken from the till. On the last occasion, three sets of clippers were stolen.PC Darren Herridge, neighbourhood beat manager for Axminster, said: "I don't think the crimes were connected, but it's an unfortunate coincidence. "It reverts back to what I said before - it only takes one or two heroin addicts in the town for crime to increase. As for fitting an alarm, it is not usual practice for us to offer this service to non residential premises such as this - even when they're the victim of crime as in this case.


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