Veterinary drugs stolen in spate of burglaries in Harpenden and Redbourn

PUBLISHED: 17:13 16 August 2016 | UPDATED: 17:13 16 August 2016

Veterinary drugs which are harmful to humans were stolen from Redbourn

Veterinary drugs which are harmful to humans were stolen from Redbourn

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Potentially dangerous veterinary drugs have been stolen along with cash from a funeral directors during a spate of burglaries in the district.

Veterinary drugs which are harmful to humans were stolen from RedbournVeterinary drugs which are harmful to humans were stolen from Redbourn

Detective Inspector Pete Frost, from the Local Crime Unit, said that business premises in Redbourn and Harpenden were targeted in a series of burglaries and attempted burglaries overnight on Friday, August 12, and into Saturday, August 13.

He said: “One of the burglaries occurred at Medivet in High Street, Redbourn, and pentobarbital, a drug which is used to put animals to sleep, and animal grade diazepam were taken.

“Both these drugs are harmful to humans and I would appeal to anyone who may know of the whereabouts of these items to please contact us.”

The thieves forced entry into the veterinary clinic via a fire exit. They then forced open a medical cabinet and took the drugs. Charity boxes with money in them were also stolen.

Veterinary drugs which are harmful to humans were stolen from RedbournVeterinary drugs which are harmful to humans were stolen from Redbourn

Other break-ins occurred at:

• Alex’s Gents Hairdressing, Thompsons Close in Harpenden, where offender(s) forced entry and took a cash box and clothes

• GG Beauty in High Street, Redbourn, where a piece of glass was removed to gain entry and stole a computer and quantity of cash

• LC Western funeral directors, Leyton Road in Harpenden, where burglars smashed a window and stole cash

• Doggy Day Spa, Thompsons Close – a charity tin was taken after a window was forced open

Attempted burglaries took place at the Floor Shop and Parker and Vine delicatessen in Leyton Road, with attempted forced entry unsuccessful at both premises.

DI Frost said: “We believe some of these incidents are linked and I would appeal to anyone who has any information about who may be responsible to please contact police.

“I would also appeal to anyone who was near any of the locations overnight on Friday into Saturday and saw anything suspicious to please contact officers.”

Call the Herts Police non-emergency number 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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