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  • Garden centre in Sussex catches thieves on CCTV

    The owner of a garden centre has told suspected thieves not to come back to his shop they stole items.

    Ed Middleton of Planters in Etchingham, Sussex, said thieves stole bottles of whisky and a Buddha statue.
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    He said the incident on February 9 was all caught on CCTV cameras inside the shop.
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    He added: ?We have good CCTV images of the people and vehicle registration of the people involved. But it seems unlikely that the police will have the time to look in to the crime
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    ?It would seem the suspects are aware of this as they were quite blatant in their actions. They looked straight at the camera, and even walked in to our staff office and rifled around
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    ?Their vehicle wasn’t roadworthy. The police should follow this up as a matter of public safety.?
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    Also, Mr Middleton said CCTV showed one of the suspected thieves entering an office at the back of the store.
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    But Mr Middleton, whose shop has been open for a year, does not believe the thieves stole anything from there.
    He added: ?It?s frustrating. Although petty theft, we are a small new retail business. Such costs damage the viability of our business
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    A spokesman for Sussex Police said the garden centre reported the theft to them on February 13.
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    He added: ?We’ve circulated CCTV images to the relevant departments for identification.?
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    Police said enquiries are ongoing.

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