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Public relied on to catch Witham milk thief

By Braintree Chronicle  |  Posted: July 12, 2012

  • Sgt Chris Gould outside Witham Police Station who is alerting people to the theft of milk around the area

  • catch the chancer: Sgt Chris Gould asks for residents' help

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A THIRSTY thief has been stealing milk in the early hours from angry residents in Witham.

In recent weeks, residents in Harebell Drive have been targeted by a thief who keeps stealing their milk once it's been delivered by the milkman.

The first batch was stolen on June 10 when, as far as police are aware, two houses were targeted, before the same thing happened again last Monday.

One of the victims, who did not wish to be named, said: "I have never not had my milk delivered to my house, but the problem is that I don't know what time he delivers. I usually go to get it at about 8am and it's already there. Recently it hasn't been."

And this is not the first time residents of Harebell Drive have been the victims of such petty crime.

"The milkmen used to have an awful time with people following them on bikes. I used to find empty bottles all the way down the footpath," she said.

"It's just annoying and it's probably the kind of thing people don't report to the police.

"Fortunately, this morning I had to go to the shops anyway, but it's the inconvenience and the fact that someone's getting away with it.

"I think they think they are onto a good thing."

Sergeant Chris Gould, of Witham police station, is asking anyone who lives in the area and who may be awake when the milkman does his rounds to keep their eyes open for anyone they suspect to be a chancer, lurking around.

He said: "This is an opportunistic crime where people are taking milk off the doorsteps.

"We do rely on the public to get in touch with us about crimes such as this and we do suspect other victims may not be reporting it to the police.

"If anyone sees anyone suspicious in the area at or around the time the milkman delivers, please do get in touch."

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