A Buckinghamshire pharmacy team has been left ‘very upset and shocked’ after over £1,000 worth of equipment was stolen during a burglary in the middle of the night.
The theft took place at around 12:55am on the night of Thursday 9 August at the historic Kinton Pharmacy in Great Missenden.
Two tills and an iPad were stolen, according to superintendent pharmacist and owner Ronak Patel.
‘Very upset and shocked’
Mr Patel told The Pharmacist today (15 August) that the team was ‘very upset and shocked by what happened, especially in such a small village’.
He said: ‘We closed the pharmacy on Wednesday and went home. At about 12.55am we got a notification [saying] the [security] alarm had gone off.
‘We looked at the CCTV footage the next day to see what had happened. It was obvious that [the burglar] had gone past [the pharmacy] a few times in their car, turned around and stopped straight outside.
‘Then they got out of their car, went out to the pub car park and grabbed a concrete plant pot.’
Mr Patel said that as soon as the suspect smashed the pharmacy’s window, the alarm went off and they just had time to ‘rip out’ two tills and the iPad the staff uses for the pharmacy’s private GP services.
He continued: ‘There was a fair amount in the tills because we don’t [usually] empty [them] as we are in a very safe area – this had never happened before and was very unexpected.’
Altogether, the tills and the iPad were worth more than £1,000, Mr Patel said.
‘The pharmacy was established in the mid-1700s. As far as anyone remembers, no one has ever broken in into this pharmacy before so this is a first’, he added.
‘There is a lot of mess to clear up because there is glass and mud everywhere, because of the plant pot that had gone all over the floor.’
‘Dark coloured car’
According to Thames Valley Police, two people left the scene in a dark coloured car in the direction of Amersham.
It said: ‘At around 12.55am on Thursday (9 August), officers were called to reports that a window had been smashed and the pharmacy had been broken into.
‘Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses.
‘If anybody has any information, or believes they witnessed the incident, please call 101, quoting reference number 43180243597.’
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