POLICE are investigating links between break-ins to three Armidale businesses, including two medical facilities, over the weekend that resulted in the theft of two safes and prescription medication.
New England Local Area Command police were called to Integral Health on Barney St after staff reported a break-in on Sunday morning.
The offenders had forced entry through a front door and stole a safe containing cash and a quantity of medication.
Police said the thieves had entered the business between closing time just after midday on Saturday and before 10am on Sunday.
Police also attended the Eyra Medical and Skin Clinic on Rusden St at 10.10pm on Saturday after reports an alarm had been activated.
Officers found a front door had been forced open and are still investigating whether anything was stolen from the premises.
Two Beardy St businesses were also targeted over the same period, Jackson’s Quality Meats and Moxon’s Bakery who share a building entry.
A delivery driver found a broken door while dropping off goods to the bakery at 5am Monday and the bakery found their safe containing more than $350 cash had been stolen.
Bakery owner Ann Bourke said she was disappointed by the theft as the loss of money was crucial to the small family-owned business.
Mrs Bourke said the offenders had known what they were doing as they had switched off security cameras that had been operating directly into the businesses.
Police said the thefts had occured after the businesses closed at about noon on Saturday.
New England Inspector Roger
Best said police suspected the timing and nature of the break-ins showed a link and were conducting investigations into the offences.
Anyone with any information on these crimes is encouraged to contact Armidale Police Station or CrimeStoppers.