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Two suspects broke into A.F. Smith on Tumkins Lane this morning (Photograph by Stefano Ausenda)

A Pembroke business was broken into this morning — for the first time in its more than 30 years of existence.

Tim Smith, the chief executive of A.F. Smith, said that two suspects on a bike used a crowbar and bat to break into the store on Tumkins Lane at about 5.30am.

The shop was one of seven establishments targeted in recent days, police said, as they appealed for anyone with information to get in touch.

The suspects were said to have worn dark clothes and left the scenes on a dark bike.

Mr Smith said: “It took them 30 seconds to break into the store through our entrance roller doors, and they were inside the store for less than three minutes.

“They stole electronic items — mainly Apple Watches, AirPods and iPhones.”

The robbery was caught on CCTV camera.

“We have customers who come here every day to shop locally, and other people think it is OK to just break into a premises and take things,” he added.

The value of the stolen items is unknown at this time.

Mr Smith thanked the Bermuda Police Service. He said they were swift and very professional in their response to the burglary.

The front door of Crisson Jewellers on Queen Street, after an attempt to break into it the business this morning (Photograph by Stefano Ausenda)

Management and staff at Crisson Jewellers on Queen Street and Waterfront Man on Front Street confirmed that there were attempted burglaries at both businesses this morning, but did not comment further.

Despite merchandise not being stolen from either premises, doors at both establishments were broken and needed to be replaced.

The door at Waterfront Man, which is being replaced after an attempt to break into the business this morning (Photograph by Stefano Ausenda)

A BPS spokesman confirmed later that Walker Arcade Properties, CPR Electronics, Masters and the ReStore shop were also among the seven businesses targeted by people “either causing damage to gain entry or actually breaking and entering” between 3am and 6am over the past few days.

He said that electronics or other valuable goods were stolen.

The spokesman added: “Many of the items, in particular the electronics, are advertised for sale at significantly reduced prices on social media platforms.

“The suspects in these matters are seen on CCTV dressed in dark clothing with their identity being concealed and leaving the scenes riding a dark-coloured cycle.

“The BPS are seeking the public’s assistance in helping to identify the individuals responsible.”

Anyone with information or CCTV footage that could help is asked to call Detective Constable Jason Savoury on 247-1744 or 295-0011, or e-mail jsavoury@bps.bm.

The spokesman said: “You may also report your information via Crime Stoppers 800-8477 (TIPS).

“Additionally, you may tell a police officer whom you may be more comfortable speaking to directly.”

• UPDATE: This article has been updated to include information from the Bermuda Police Service.

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Published August 12, 2023 at 7:58 am (Updated August 12, 2023 at 7:58 am)

Early-morning crime spree targets seven businesses

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