Can you help solve play centre burglary?

Can you help solve play centre burglary?

Can you help solve play centre burglary?

Can you help solve play centre burglary?

First published in Echo News Southend Standard: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

BURGLARS ransacked a children’s play centre before stealing a safe containing hundreds of pounds.

Thieves broke in to Stay and Play, in Durham Road, Laindon, at about 9pm, on Friday, by smashing a back window.

Owners, Kevin and Sarah Walby, think the burglar could be a parent who has used the play centre.

Thanks to CCTV cameras the couple believe they may have images of a suspect. Mr Dalby said: “The thing that has made us really uncomfortable about this, is the person who broke in here seemed to know exactly where everything was.

“We think the person may have been in here before with their children.

“We really need him to be brought to justice.”

The play centre manager alerted police to the break-in after arriving on Saturday morning to find a window smashed.

The centre’s CCTV footage shows a masked man going in to the reception area, smashing open two tills and stealing the floats. The man then left.

Minutes later the footage showsaman, withoutamask, reentering the building to snatch a laptop bag – belonging to the owner’s son.

The company has beefed up security and no longer keeps cash in the building overnight.

Mr Dalby said he and his wife had been running the centre for about eight months.

The break-in did not stop them from opening.

He said: “Whoever did this ransacked the place and left it in such a mess. But it could have been worse.

“It is upsetting when you work so hard to build up your business and then someone comes in and does this.

“We don’t want anyone like this coming back here. We just hope someone recognises this man.”

Anyone with information about the break-in or the CCTV camera pictures can contact Essex Police on 101.

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12:11pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Rich,..Carol says...

Well the crime was for financial gain but to ransack a childrens play area is un-forgiven and disgusting. The crime is one thing but the damage is out of order.. Catch him or her and give a short sentence for the theft but 3 years for damaging the childrens items. SCUM ...........
Well the crime was for financial gain but to ransack a childrens play area is un-forgiven and disgusting. The crime is one thing but the damage is out of order.. Catch him or her and give a short sentence for the theft but 3 years for damaging the childrens items. SCUM ........... Rich,..Carol
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2:00pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Kim Gandy says...

Unbelievable! The lowest of the low, stealing from children.

I hope Karma pays him a visit very soon.
Unbelievable! The lowest of the low, stealing from children. I hope Karma pays him a visit very soon. Kim Gandy
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2:08pm Wed 12 Feb 14

NOMORESCUM says...

See the video of the man here and pictures on the page
https://www.facebook
.com/photo.php?v=573
849016030087
See the video of the man here and pictures on the page https://www.facebook .com/photo.php?v=573 849016030087 NOMORESCUM
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3:03pm Wed 12 Feb 14

GTA Essex says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Unbelievable! The lowest of the low, stealing from children.

I hope Karma pays him a visit very soon.
I don't think a burglar cares who they steal from. Money is money ain't it.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Unbelievable! The lowest of the low, stealing from children. I hope Karma pays him a visit very soon.[/p][/quote]I don't think a burglar cares who they steal from. Money is money ain't it. GTA Essex
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3:32pm Wed 12 Feb 14

whateverhappened says...

Not only are they stealing from kids,, if they know there way around the place they are stealing from their own kids.
Not only are they stealing from kids,, if they know there way around the place they are stealing from their own kids. whateverhappened
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