14th Dec, 2018

Thieves nab Ariel tablets, chocolate, spirits and tobacco in shoplifting binge

Ross Crawford 26th Feb, 2018

STUDLEY supermarkets on the Alcester Road have been been hit by a series of thefts by shoplifters.

The spate began last Tuesday, February 20 at 5.20pm when a thief walked out the store with 15 packs of Ariel liquid tablets.

Later the same day, just after 8pm, 12 fresh beef steaks were also stolen.

The following day, Wednesday, February 21 just before 5pm, Ariel liquid tablets were again the target, a thief escaping with another 15 packs.

He is described as white, of slim build with dark brown hair with a ‘boy band’ type curtain fringe.

He was wearing a grey hoodie and tracksuit bottoms.

Police believe the same thief also tried to steal goods later the same week, on Saturday, February 24, at just after 4pm but left empty handed on a silver-coloured bicycle heading towards the Redditch Road.

Then on Friday at 7.25pm, a thief with a sweet tooth stole 60 large bars of Cadbury’s chocolate worth about £120. He is described 5ft 9ins, aged 20 to 30 and of stocky build with receding short brown hair and wearing a grey hoodie and tracksuit bottoms.

He was also carrying a black coat.

Meanwhile on the same day but five minutes later and at a different Alcester Road supermarket, a man described as white, 6ft tall and mid to late 20s with short brown hair and wearing tracksuit bottoms and a hi-viz jacket asked for tobacco at the counter and then grabbed it, running off without paying.

The current spate of thefts ended on Saturday, February 24 at 3.35pm when a man went up to the kiosk at one of the supermarkets and asked for several items, including tobacco and spirits, and when these were all bagged up for him he grabbed it and ran off without paying, jumping into a silver Nissan Almera with a registration number ending in ‘EKS’.

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