Chiswick Police focus on the High Rd after spike in robberies and an assault at Boots

Image above: Captured on camera – thieves assault the security guard in Boots on Chiswick High Rd

Boots branch suffers thefts on almost a daily basis

Boots in Chiswick High Rd is receiving extra support from the police, having recently seen a spike in brazen robberies, with thousands of pounds worth of products stolen.

Last Monday (5 February) violent thieves punched a security guard at the high street chemist so hard that his glasses broke, his dentures fell out and his arm was cut open.

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This theft and assault follows a robbery at the store at the end of January where two young men emptied the contents of shelves into bags, singing as they did so, with one of them looking unconcernedly into the camera as a shopper videoed him on their phone.

Last weekend the shop was robbed on Friday 2, Sunday 5 and Monday 5, with thousands of pounds’ worth of merchandise taken. Now there are two PCSOs – PCSO Randles and PCSO Andrade making frequent visits to the shop whenever they are on duty.

The offender who assaulted the security guard has been identified by a Surrey Police Officer who saw the incident on social media, The Chiswick Calendar has learned, and they have been linked to similar offences in Richmond & Twickenham.

“The Officer investigating has circulated them as being ‘Wanted’, and it will only be a matter of time before they are arrested” Sergeant Jim Cope, responsible for neighbouthood policing in Chiswick, told us.

His team focused on the High Road on Saturday (10 February) and one person was arrested from Tesco’s for a large theft of alcohol. They were charged an remanded to appear at Court on Monday morning.

We also passed on the video which was sent to us of the earlier robber in Boots. Sergeant Cope’s comment on the offender clearly identified in that video was:

“We are fully aware of this offender and working towards identifying them.. hopefully will not take long.”

 

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