Mayoral chain and cash stolen in Budleigh raid

PUBLISHED: 10:00 28 April 2017

Budleigh Salterton Public Hall. Ref exb 22-16AW 9220. Picture: Alex Walton

Budleigh Salterton Public Hall. Ref exb 22-16AW 9220. Picture: Alex Walton

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Cash and a chain of office have been stolen during a double burglary in Budleigh Salterton.

Police are investigating after the town council office and Tourist Information Centre were targeted in the same night.

A gold ceremonial chain worth £300 was taken from the Station Road council office; from the Fore Street TIC office, a safe containing £200 was stolen.

The open safe was recovered by police after a member of public spotted it dumped in Moor Lane.

The gold chain, previously worn by Budleigh’s mayors, remains missing.

Police investigating the crimes are appealing to the public to get in touch if they saw or heard anything suspicious in the two targeted areas on the night of the burglaries, thought to be overnight on Wednesday, April 19, some time between 10.15pm and the following morning when the losses were discovered.

Speaking about the council office burglary, Budleigh Salterton mayor, Councillor Chris Kitson said the culprit damaged property inside the building to get to the chain.

He said: “They did damage several doors and locks and stole a £300 gold chain.

“The chain has been used in the past by mayors who felt that the mayoral chain was too heavy for them, but it is not the official mayoral chain.

“It’s very upsetting that someone is targeting the town in this way.”

When police examined the open safe dumped in Moor Lane they discovered documents inside which led officers to the TIC. There they found the door to the office had been forced.

Anyone who can help the police investigation is asked to ring 101 or email 101@dc.police.uk quoting crime reference number CR/029336/17 for the Public Hall incident and CR/029342/17 for the TIC.

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