Wrecking raiders have closed Billericay coffee shop for a week

Wrecking raiders have closed Billericay coffee shop for a week

Wrecking raiders have closed Billericay coffee shop for a week

First published in Echo News by , Reporter

A COFFEE shop has been forced to close for several days after raiders caused £35,000 of damage and stole essential equipment.

Caffe & Cream, in Billericay High Street, has a note on the door saying it is closed until further notice after the break-in, at at about 11pm last Monday.

Burglars forced the back door, then removed the shop’s main espresso machine, which was connected to the mains water supply at the time, flooding the shop, and causing even more damage.

The raiders also smashed up an ice cream machine, crockery a glass shelf, and a coffee grinder.

Owner Nina Kemal, said: “Our main concern at the minute is getting things up and running again. There was a lot of damage, but we are looking to reopen later this week.

“We have been here for three years and have some really amazing customers, who have all been very supportive.”

Police are linking the incident to an attempt to break into Costa Coffee’s nearby Billericay High Street branch on Sunday, January 26. Thieves tampered with the shop’s alarm and caused £100 worth of damage, but failed to get in.

After both incidents, witnesses reported seeing an S&J Self Hire van near the scene.

Scott Wilson, director of the Basildon-based S&J Self Hire, said the company was co-operating with police over the reports.

He added: “We have about 300 vans and unfortunately, the police were unable to provide us with a registration number so we could find out who had rented this van.

“It could have been a coincidence an S&J van was seen in the area, but we will continue to assist the police with their enquiries if we can.”

Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them on 101. 

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12:09pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Prolific__Shoplifter says...

Things like this are too risky doing it in vans and cars. Some grass is bound to get your number plate. If I shoplift for instance in Morrisons, I'll park my car over the otherside of the road so CCTV/security can't see me getting into a car. Infact, when I did a burglary on a property in Brentwood a couple years ago, I used a push bike! No one is getting your number plate then!
Things like this are too risky doing it in vans and cars. Some grass is bound to get your number plate. If I shoplift for instance in Morrisons, I'll park my car over the otherside of the road so CCTV/security can't see me getting into a car. Infact, when I did a burglary on a property in Brentwood a couple years ago, I used a push bike! No one is getting your number plate then! Prolific__Shoplifter
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3:29pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Dan_ says...

There must be a million CCTV cameras on that high street! Not one caught the reg of this van?
There must be a million CCTV cameras on that high street! Not one caught the reg of this van? Dan_
  • Score: 1

4:33pm Wed 26 Feb 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Dan_ wrote:
There must be a million CCTV cameras on that high street! Not one caught the reg of this van?
They left it too LATTE
[quote][p][bold]Dan_[/bold] wrote: There must be a million CCTV cameras on that high street! Not one caught the reg of this van?[/p][/quote]They left it too LATTE carnmountyouknowitmakessense
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9:25am Thu 27 Feb 14

SCVG says...

Deli37 at the other end of the high street was also broken in to about a week ago.
Deli37 at the other end of the high street was also broken in to about a week ago. SCVG
  • Score: 1

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