Shoplifters strike at Boots the Chemist and Homebase in Bishop's Stortford
Police are investigating two large-scale shoplifting incidents in Bishop's Stortford in which goods worth £3,754 were stolen.
Tanning and skincare products were stolen from Boots the Chemist while Homebase had its entire stock of Hozelock garden hose equipment taken.
The Boots theft happened on Tuesday June 22. Two men entered the Potter Street store at around 3.30pm, heading towards the back of the shop, where they took a large quantity of high-value tanning and skincare products worth £1,229. Police have no description of the offenders but are examining CCTV footage.
The Homebase raid happened the next day, Wednesday June 23. A man entered the store on the Goodliffe Park retail park off Stansted Road at 2.45pm and headed towards the gardening section.
PC Derek Lewin, of the Bishop's Stortford neighbourhood policing team, said: "He selected a large assortment of goods, Hozelock attachments, and filled a large rucksack.
"He then made his way towards the exit before sprinting out past the pay point, making no attempt to pay.
"He ran across the car park in the direction of Autoglass. He took the whole stock of Hozelock equipment, valued at £2,524."
Anyone with information about either theft is asked to contact Herts police on 101.