Remorseful thief left note of apology

A REMORSEFUL thief may have signed his own arrest warrant today after leaving a note apologising for stealing drugs from a pharmacy.The thief broke into Stoke Pharmacy in Stoke Park Drive, Ipswich and stole 280 valium pills and petty cash before leaving a note saying: “I am very sorry.

A REMORSEFUL thief may have signed his own arrest warrant today after leaving a note apologising for stealing drugs from a pharmacy.

The thief broke into Stoke Pharmacy in Stoke Park Drive, Ipswich and stole 280 valium pills and petty cash before leaving a note saying: “I am very sorry.”

Officers in Ipswich are appealing directly to the apologetic burglar, urging them to hand themselves in.

The culprit entered Stoke Pharmacy in Stoke Park Drive, Ipswich, some time between 5.30pm on Monday and 8am Tuesday and escaped with the money along with 56 10mg tablets of diazepam and 224 5mg tablets of diazepam.

Diazepam, commonly known as valium, is used to treat severe anxiety or agitation.

Yvonne Taylor, owner of the pharmacy, said: “I was very surprised by the note. I did wonder if it was one of our customers who had a conscience about it.

Most Read

“I do not know how they got in from the outside as there was no sign it was forced but an internal door was wrecked.

“I was quite shaken when I came in and saw what had happened and then I found the note and I was completely taken aback. I felt violated.”

A police spokeswoman said: “If the offender is truly sorry, police are urging him/her to hand him/herself in.”

n. Residents in villages around Hadleigh and Capel St Mary, including Wherstead, Woolverstone, Raydon, Tattingstone and East Bergholt, are also being warned to be extra vigilant due to possible bogus callers.

During house to house enquiries, a resident reported having a possible bogus caller call at her address offering garden work. She became suspicious as her garden is immaculate. It is believed the caller may have intended to burgle the premises and was checking if anyone was at home first.

Anyone with information relating to the pharmacy theft should call Pc Simon Cooper at the Central Ipswich Safer Neighbourhood Team and calls about the garage theft should be directed to Pc Sally Loftus at the North East Ipswich Safer Neighbourhood Team. They can both be reached at Ipswich police station on 01473 613500.

Those with information about the burglaries around Hadleigh and Capel St Mary should call Sudbury CID on 01473 613500.

Alternatively people with information on any of above crimes can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Have you recently been burgled? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.