Police believe Over Compton restaurant burglary and tools theft may be linked
Police in Sherborne investigating a theft from a vehicle and a burglary at a restaurant believe the two crimes are linked.
Both incidents occurred either late on Monday night, or in the early hours of Tuesday morning, in Over Compton.
Thieves broke into a while Citroen van at the County Car Company on Yeovil Road by removing a side window, police said.
Tools were stolen from inside the van, any time between 5.30pm on Monday and 10am on Tuesday.
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That same night, the Fortune Palace restaurant - situated next to the County Car Company - was burgled.
Thieves broke into the restuarant using tools, which police believe could have been those stolen from the van, and stole cash and alcohol.
Officers believe the burglary took place between 10.30pm on Monday and 10.30am the next morning.
PC Matt Speechley, of Sherborne Police, said: “We believe that the same offenders committed both crimes and it is possible that tools stolen from the van were used to force the door of the restaurant.
"Our investigation has so far revealed that we are looking for two offenders, both men of medium build. They were wearing thin mask like balaclavas and light coloured clothing.
“These premises are on a busy road and it is possible that someone saw something suspicious. We are very keen to hear from anyone who has any information.”
Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police on 101, quoting incident numbers 18:131 and 18:161. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.