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Shoplifting gang steal from Well Lydd Pharmacy before being spotted at New Romney Lloyds Pharmacy

A group of five shoplifters appears to be targeting a number of pharmacies across Romney Marsh.

The gang stole a number of items from Well Lydd Pharmacy on the town's High Street at 10.55am, as they spent two minutes stuffing items into their pockets.

The three women and two men were caught on CCTV stealing nicotine replacement products from Well Lydd Pharmacy
The three women and two men were caught on CCTV stealing nicotine replacement products from Well Lydd Pharmacy

One of the shop's staff said: "Our shop's in an L-shape, so we couldn't see the area they were standing in. The shop was busy, and a man came to the counter and had a conversation with us about a conditioner as a distraction.

"The other four people then left without buying anything, which we thought was a bit weird. Then we looked at the CCTV and we were stunned.

"This is the first time we've ever seen anything this blatant, and such a big group doing it.

"The police were fantastic, as soon as we saw what they'd done we called 999 and within seconds there was a car whizzing by looking for them and another car came to talk with us and get information.

"Also the response on social media - of other people's CCTV images tracking the vehicle through the Marsh - has been brilliant. Thank you for all of the community's fantastic help."

The group made off in this Volkswagen
The group made off in this Volkswagen

The items stolen were mostly nicotine replacement products, which are priced in the pharmacy between £15.99 and £29.99.

It's been reported that the group has also visited Lloyds Pharmacy in New Romney, however staff were aware of the earlier incident and ensured there were a number of vigilant employees on the shopfloor.

The three women and two men have also been seen in New Romney and Rye today.

Regarding the Lydd incident, a police spokesperson said: "Kent Police was called at 10.55am on Friday, February 14 to a report of shoplifting in High Street, Lydd.

"Five people reportedly stole items from a shop before getting into a black or dark grey car and driving towards Camber.

"Officers attended the scene and an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident remains ongoing."

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