Hampshire toy shop ransacked by thieves who made off with collection of air pistols in overnight burglary

THIEVES have made off with a collection of air pistols during a burglary that left a Petersfield toy shop ‘significantly damaged’.

Wednesday, 10th February 2021, 1:34 pm
The Stock Exchange in Petersfield has been burgled earlier this week. Picture: Google Maps

Police were called to The Stock Exchange, Chapel Street, after reports of a burglary overnight between Monday and Tuesday this week.

Entry was forced to the store causing significant damage, and a number of air pistols and accessories were stolen, according to a spokesman from Hampshire Constabulary.

Det Con Chris Phillips, the investigating officer, said: ‘We want to reassure the community that none of the weapons stolen are live firing weapons, and are all air pistols.

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‘If seen in public though, it would be difficult to see any difference to a live weapon.

‘We ask that anyone reports anything suspicious, or any possible sighting of a firearm, whether viable or not, to the police. Please do not approach anyone you see if you suspect them to be carrying a weapon.’

Anyone with information is asked to phone 101 and quote the reference number 44210049196.

Alternatively, you can phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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