Professional burglary gang targets Leigh shops

Southend Standard: Professional burglary gang targets Leigh shops Professional burglary gang targets Leigh shops

BURGLARS targeted three Leigh businesses in a single night in what victims say looked to be “a professional operation”.

The Subway sandwich shop, in the Broadway, Home Made Bakery, in Broadway West, and Birdwood Bakery, in Leigh Road, were burgled in the space of a few hours on Saturday night.

Safes containing a four-figure sum were stolen from Subway by thieves who forced their way through the back door. A threefigure sum was taken from Birdwood Bakery, also via the back door.

At Home Made Bakery they smashed a door and tampered with the safe, but took nothing.

Home Made’s Karen Dann, 56, said: “They smashed doors and windows to get in but, luckily, didn’t take anything or damage anything in the office.

“I think these people are almost definitely professionals.

they targeted cash businesses and probably watched to see who was busy during the day.

“Because we live nearby, my son-in-law went to investigate and came over the roof when he heard noises, but they obviously knew what they were doing because they’d closed the window after breaking in, so everything looked normal. We think he scared them off.”

A manager at Birdwood Bakery, who asked not to be named, said the shop had also been burgled two weeks ago. He blamed national chains moving in for the increase in crime.

He said: “It’s a shame it happened in Leigh. Maybe all these large chains which have appeared in the past 12 months caught the attention of the burglars.

“We didn’t have Costa, Tesco or Subway before. Thieves go where the money is.

“Unfortunately, there are always people willing to make a living off the hard work of others – and we do work hard on Saturdays – it’s our busiest day.

“We will definitely be changing the way we do things after this.”

Leigh-based Insp Brad Dickle said police would be mounting extra patrols in Leigh and bringing in a specialist burglary team to look at the shop raids.

He added: “Burglary offences on businesses are few and far between in Leigh and we are linking the three in terms of their proximity and when they took place.

“We have increased patrols where these offences are taking place with extra policing every evening until Christmas and beyond.”

Anyone with information on the burglaries is asked to call PC Siobhan Chapman at Southend police station, on 101.

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7:28am Thu 12 Dec 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

"A manager at Birdwood Bakery, who asked not to be named, said the shop had also been burgled two weeks ago. He blamed national chains moving in for the increase in crime.
“We didn’t have Costa, Tesco or Subway before. Thieves go where the money is.

“Unfortunately, there are always people willing to make a living off the hard work of others – and we do work hard on Saturdays – it’s our busiest day.

"


yes blame someone else for poor security and leaving cash on premises, silly thing to say by the manager of birdwood, just because Costa and Subway has taken some of their trade..!! and they didn't hit Tesco's so not sure how they fit in....and you said it yourself..Saturdays are your busiest, sure the burglars know this...everyone knows shops do most trade on Sats so theres no connection to Costa/Tesco etc.
"A manager at Birdwood Bakery, who asked not to be named, said the shop had also been burgled two weeks ago. He blamed national chains moving in for the increase in crime. “We didn’t have Costa, Tesco or Subway before. Thieves go where the money is. “Unfortunately, there are always people willing to make a living off the hard work of others – and we do work hard on Saturdays – it’s our busiest day. " yes blame someone else for poor security and leaving cash on premises, silly thing to say by the manager of birdwood, just because Costa and Subway has taken some of their trade..!! and they didn't hit Tesco's so not sure how they fit in....and you said it yourself..Saturdays are your busiest, sure the burglars know this...everyone knows shops do most trade on Sats so theres no connection to Costa/Tesco etc. DogsMessInLeigh

8:20am Thu 12 Dec 13

pembury53 says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
"A manager at Birdwood Bakery, who asked not to be named, said the shop had also been burgled two weeks ago. He blamed national chains moving in for the increase in crime. “We didn’t have Costa, Tesco or Subway before. Thieves go where the money is. “Unfortunately, there are always people willing to make a living off the hard work of others – and we do work hard on Saturdays – it’s our busiest day. " yes blame someone else for poor security and leaving cash on premises, silly thing to say by the manager of birdwood, just because Costa and Subway has taken some of their trade..!! and they didn't hit Tesco's so not sure how they fit in....and you said it yourself..Saturdays are your busiest, sure the burglars know this...everyone knows shops do most trade on Sats so theres no connection to Costa/Tesco etc.
I was about to comment exactly the same thing........ what a bizarre thing to say ! it has nothing to do with tesco or any other store. the fact is crime is soaring in the wake of austerity, particularly theft and robbery, and unfortunately we will all have to get used to a whole load more of it over the next few years, particularly as surrounding areas are now a dumping ground for immigration the economically displaced
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: "A manager at Birdwood Bakery, who asked not to be named, said the shop had also been burgled two weeks ago. He blamed national chains moving in for the increase in crime. “We didn’t have Costa, Tesco or Subway before. Thieves go where the money is. “Unfortunately, there are always people willing to make a living off the hard work of others – and we do work hard on Saturdays – it’s our busiest day. " yes blame someone else for poor security and leaving cash on premises, silly thing to say by the manager of birdwood, just because Costa and Subway has taken some of their trade..!! and they didn't hit Tesco's so not sure how they fit in....and you said it yourself..Saturdays are your busiest, sure the burglars know this...everyone knows shops do most trade on Sats so theres no connection to Costa/Tesco etc.[/p][/quote]I was about to comment exactly the same thing........ what a bizarre thing to say ! it has nothing to do with tesco or any other store. the fact is crime is soaring in the wake of austerity, particularly theft and robbery, and unfortunately we will all have to get used to a whole load more of it over the next few years, particularly as surrounding areas are now a dumping ground for immigration the economically displaced pembury53

2:40pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Complete_Nutter says...

Who said crime don't pay?
Who said crime don't pay? Complete_Nutter

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