Pub raiders target fruit machines

Gaming machine thefts 1

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THESE CCTV images have been released of men the police suspect are behind a series of break-ins at pubs in Hucknall, Linby and across the county.

Throughout June, 13 offences were committed by the thieves, who targeted gaming machines. They escaped with hundreds of pounds in cash.

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Gaming machine thefts 2

Pubs targeted include the Masons Arms on Watnall Road, Hucknall, the Broomhill Inn on Broomhill Road, Hucknall and the Horse And Groom on Main Street, Linby.

But a number of other attempted burglaries were thwarted after the police alerted licensees and/or the offenders were disturbed.

In each case, three men, believe to be of Eastern European origin, were seen in the pubs hours before the burglaries.

Detectives believe these are the individuals shown in the CCTV footage and are appealing to the public for help in identifying them.

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Gaming machine thefts 3

Anyone with information is asked to ring Det Sgt Richard Monk on 0300 3009999 (extension 8116633). Alternatively, call the confidential Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555111.

The force’s business crime unit has also issued advice to licensees in a bid to stop them becoming victims of burglary.

The guidance includes ensuring that alarm systems are working and that windows are closed at night.

Licensees are also advised to consider buying or renting specially designed ‘security skirts’ gaming machines.