Gang breaks into Collier Row shop leaving damage worth thousands of pounds
PUBLISHED: 11:00 16 April 2018
A gang rammed a van into a small family-run business, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.
Police were called at 1.35am on Wednesday, April 11, to reports of a vehicle being driven into the front of Newsboy Newsagents, Chase Cross Road, Collier Row.
The incident left a gaping hole in the shutters, as well as a broken door, windows and frame around the front of the shop.
When officers then arrived at the scene, they found an abandoned white van outside the premises.
The owner’s sister Prital Patel said: “We haven’t had anything like this done before.
“It’s frightening that these people caused so much damage in such a short amount of time and not just to the shop, but to us.
“Every night when we lock up now, we keep making sure everything is all locked up and secure but we still think about it when we leave.
“It’s terrible thinking about it.”
The incident captured by the shop’s CCTV cameras, showed the gang “repeatedly” ramming a white van into the shop until they could get access into the shop.
They then tightened a large rope around the cash machine inside and tried to drag it out using the van but as the shop’s alarm system alerted the police, the men were soon scared off away from the scene.
Although they left empty-handed, to fix the damage that they caused will cost around £9,000.
Mrs Patel said: “You hear about people breaking into small businesses but you never really think it’s going to happen to your shop.
“They targeted the cash machine as soon as they managed to get in, so they must have been in here before to see where everything is.
“They have done a lot of damage to what is a small family business.
“It’s very upsetting to think people would want to do this.”
No arrests have been made so far and enquiries continue into the break-in.
Detectives from the Met Police are investigating.