The first incident took place on January 2 – a business in Edington Station Yard was targeted and 90 cells of batteries worth approximately £10,000 were stolen. It is believed the padlock to the yard was cut in order to gain access to the site.
The second incident took place on February 21 – a padlock at a business in Station Yard was also cut and numerous solar panels and cables were stolen, as well as electrical items, tools and batteries.
PC Dan Chaventre said: “We believe on both occasions these businesses have been targeted for specific materials. It is likely that it would have taken at least two people a significant amount of time to load the stolen items into a vehicle before making off from the scene.
“We’ve increased regular patrols of the area and we are conducting extensive enquiries in relation to both incidents.
“However, we’d like to urge business owners who may have similar materials on site to be extra vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police immediately.
“We understand that incidents of this nature can be extremely frustrating for business owners and we are doing all we can to identify those responsible.”
For more information on how to protect your business from burglars, please visit https://www.wiltshire.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/keeping-business-safe-from-crime/keep-burglars-out-business/
Anyone with information about either of these incidents should call 101 and quote crime reference number 54220019286. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.