Man charged after string of Lincoln business burglaries

A man has been arrested following reports of six small businesses burglaries in Lincoln city centre in the space of five days.

As previously reported, six incidents were reported to Lincolnshire Police in the Burton Road, St Mary’s Street, Sincil Street and Lower High Street areas between February 27 and March 3.

Of the businesses targeted, Spanish delicatessen The Spanish Trading Company, on Lower High Street, was broken into twice in two days.

The firm took to Facebook to update its customers on the incidents, which each involved the High Street facing windows being smashed.

Officers at the time of the burglaries said the offender targeted premises which were not alarmed, smashing glass and stealing cash from floats and tills.

Update 8pm March 6: Andrew Minskip, 32, of Far Wharf in Lincoln, has been charged with two counts of burglary of two counts of criminal damage after the spate of commercial burglaries.

He was remanded in custody to appear before Lincoln District Magistrates Court on the morning of Saturday, March 7.

City Centre Neighbourhood Policing Inspector Pat Coates said: “We have been working very hard to tackle the problem and we are very grateful for all the support we have had from local businesses and the public.

“Please remain vigilant. If you see or hear anything suspicious, we want to know. Don’t leave any cash on site and regularly check on any alarm systems you have in place. If you would like more detailed advice on protecting your business, the City Centre Policing Team would be happy to help.”