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Cashpoint raiders ‘escape with £74,000’

Thieves strike at dry cleaners near police station

14 December, 2017 — By Dan Carrier

AN AUDACIOUS heist at a Kentish Town dry cleaners has netted thieves a reported £74,000 in untraceable cash, the New Journal has learned.

Police are investigating after thieves targeted the family-owned shop on the corner of Kentish Town Road and Regis Road at the start of November – and emptied a newly-installed cash machine. The money was stolen just moments from the spot where Kentish Town police station officers park their blue-light response cars. Officers say they have made no arrests and inquiries are continuing.

The New Journal has learned that the raiders hit the shop’s ATM, which is accessed by customers from the street but backs into the dry cleaners’ reception area, after it had been loaded up with fresh notes during the day.

According to police, thieves broke into the back of the shop, The Kleen Machine, some time between midnight and when the owners opened up first thing next morning. They would have clambered in without setting off alarms via a window or door that is a stone’s throw from the area where cars based at Holmes Road police station are parked.

A shop worker, who did not wish to be named, said: “It was terrible. The machine had just been refilled that day. Whoever it was came in through the back and emptied it. It was really quite a shock for everyone.”

A police spokesman said: “There was a report of a burglary at a business premises at the start of November, with people forcing their way in through the rear. “They stole a number of items from a cash machine. A forensics team has looked at the premises and inquiries are continuing.” Police would not confirm reports that the haul was as much as £74,000.

Owners of the dry cleaners, in the same family for more than 25 years, were unavailable for comment yesterday (Wednesday).

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