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Raider steals safe from post office

'Money can be recovered because of insurance – but the pictures they have stolen can never be replaced'

29 November, 2019 — By Dan Carrier

Shop owner Noorie Uddin – ‘So much has been taken’

AN audacious burglar fled with thousands of pounds worth of jewellery, cash and stamps after breaking into a post office and stationers in Dartmouth Park.

The raider clambered over back garden walls and smashed his way into the Postal and Courier store in Chetwynd Road late on Sunday.

While CCTV footage shows a person brandishing a torch as he ransacks the shop, police have yet to make any arrests.

Owner Noorie Uddin, who has run the shop since 2006, told the New Journal he was shocked at how the perpetrator managed to get in. “He kicked his way through doors. It must have taken a lot of effort,” said Mr Uddin.

CCTV stills from the shop

The raider stole a till and a safe – and got away with approximately £7,000 in cash; jewellery worth £10,000; more than £1,000-worth of stamps and a computer hard drive containing precious photographs of the owner’s children and his wedding.

Mr Uddin added: “Money can be recovered because of insurance – but the pictures they have stolen can never be replaced.”

He added the shop safe stored his wife’s jewellery as they had had a burglary at home and he felt it the safest place to keep a selection of necklaces and bracelets.

“We had cash on the site as we were due to pay next month’s rent, and we had extra stock to be ready in for Christmas,” he said. “So much has been taken.”

A Met Police spokesman said: “Police were called on Monday morning to reports of a burglary at a commercial premises in Chetwynd Road. A number of items were reported stolen, including a cash register and safe. “The burglary took place between 5pm on Saturday and 8.35am on Monday. No arrests have been made.”

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