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Cigarettes stolen in store break in – Slough

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a car was driven into the front of a convenience store in Slough as part of a burglary.

At just after 2am on the morning of 27th July, a blue Mazda was driven into the front of the Nisa store in Wentworth Avenue, Slough. Four men got out of the car and forced their way in, stealing a quantity of cigarettes.  The men fled the scene in a dark-coloured BMW along Wentworth Avenue, towards Farnham Lane. The Mazda was left in situ.

The BMW was later found in the Bromycroft Road area.

Investigating officer Det Sgt John Wordsworth, of Local CID in Slough, said: “The offenders used one car to plough into the front of the store, and a second car to flee the scene.

“I would like to speak to anyone who saw either of these two cars either before the incident or, in the case of the BMW, afterwards.

“There would have been a lot of noise when the offenders broke into the store, so I would also like to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident, who has not already spoken to us.”

If you can help, please call Det Sgt Wordsworth via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 101.

Shops can avoid ram raids by ensuring they have adequate security measures in place.  Shop security such as security shutters, security posts, window bars and expandable lattice gates can all help with providing extra security.

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Ram raid at Supermarket in Cowbridge

A red Land Rover is reported to have been used in a supermarket ram-raid in the Cowbridge area. The vehicle was reversed into the shop front by robbers, who then made off with a small amount of stolen goods.

The supermarket ram-raid took place in the early hours of 16th June. The supermarket, which was targeted in the ram-raid, was the Filco store located in the main High Street area of Cowbridge.

Police commented on the case, saying that the robbers used the land Rover to reverse into the shop before one robber was spotted gaining entry to the closed supermarket. The intruder stole ‘a minimum amount of property’ before returning to the vehicle and making a getaway down Cowbridge High Street.

Speaking of the ram-raid, DC Craig Alexander from Barry CID, commented:

“This crime caused a considerable amount of damage while the perpetrators left almost empty handed. We are appealing for any information concerning the red Land Rover which will have a lot of damage to the rear of the vehicle and it also seems that its fuel tank was damaged during the incident.

“We know the vehicle headed toward the traffic lights shortly after 1.30am but want to hear from anyone who may have seen it as it left Cowbridge and what direction it took.”

It is believed the thieves could have got away with a lot more if it was not for the security roller shutters that were in place.  Generally, most shops install security shutters to prevent burglary and ram raids.  Other useful security measures are collapsible gates, sometimes referred to as lattice gates or retractable gates and also security posts, which can either be fixed into the ground or installed as removable security posts.

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Ram raiders caught on camera

Two men have been jailed for an attempted ram-raid that they carried out using a sewage tanker. The pair attempted to take an ATM with the stolen vehicle in the South Lanarkshire area – but instead crashed into a local call-centre.

The whole incident was caught on CCTV and showed the tanker being driven into the call centre door, as well as repeatedly ramming into the ATM machine in an attempt to get at the cash stored within.

David Fowler and George Nicol took the tanker from East Kilbride and drove to Blantyre, where they attempted to ram-raid the HSBC cash machine on the 20th October last year.

The two men were arrested shortly after they crashed their vehicle, which was found to contain a shotgun and several rounds of ammunition.

George Nicol was given a prison sentence of five and a half years and his accomplice Fowler was handed down a five year sentence. Both men are currently serving their sentences at HMP Addiwell after pleading guilty to the charges of robbery and theft, as well as charges relating to the gun that was found in their vehicle.

Whilst CCTV cameras are useful for capturing the incident itself, it is imperative that commercial businesses also undertake preventative measures to ensure that their property is as safe as possible.  Security measures such as shop front roller shutters, anti ram raid security posts and industrial steel doors can help.

Brown Security Installations has a wealth of experience in commercial security.  Contact us today for a free of charge consultation and no obligation quotation.