Christmas haul for ‘all-weather’ thief

Echo: Christmas haul for ‘all-weather’ thief Christmas haul for ‘all-weather’ thief

A BURGLAR stole £2,500 worth of watches from a Leigh shop.

The thief was caught on CCTV breaking into Uptomen, a male accessory store in Rectory Grove, at 2.30am on Christmas Eve before smashing two glassdoor cabinets and making off with 19 Storm and Torgoen Swiss watches.

The crook was in and out of the shop in the space of a minute after smashing through the front door, which was not shuttered.

Owner Mike Wells, 43, said although the burglar may have been endangering his life, the stormy weather could well have acted as the perfect cover for his crime.

He said: “It was probably quite handy for a cover – there was lots of noise that night so he may have thought he might as well do it then.

“It’s the worst possible time to have had this happen though.

It’s pretty heart-breaking when you put all that effort in to try to make a success out of something and someone comes and does something like this.

“It’s hard enough at the moment to run a small business – I haven’t had a day off since November 23 – but for something like this to happen on Christmas Eve is so sad.”

Mike, who lives close to the shop, said he was woken as the shop’s alarm went off via an alert call on his mobile phone and rushed down to the store.

But, by the time he arrived, the thief had fled.

An Essex Police spokesman said: “Police are investigating a burglary in Leigh in which a thief smashed though the window of the front door of Uptomen on Rectory Grove shortly after 2.30am on December 24 and stole a number of watches estimated to be worth £2,500.

“The burglar, who is white, has been captured on camera and walked off towards Belton Way.”

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11:03am Fri 27 Dec 13

Leon__ says...

Sympathy for the shop owner but he can rest assured the thief will likely be doing time when he's caught.
Sympathy for the shop owner but he can rest assured the thief will likely be doing time when he's caught. Leon__

11:06am Fri 27 Dec 13

pembury53 says...

It's not a 'wind up', he'll be facing time when caught.... no 'second' chances...
It's not a 'wind up', he'll be facing time when caught.... no 'second' chances... pembury53

11:18am Fri 27 Dec 13

supermadmax says...

"The crook was in and out of the shop in the space of a minute"

Nice1 Echo.
"The crook was in and out of the shop in the space of a minute" Nice1 Echo. supermadmax

11:42am Fri 27 Dec 13

King of theft says...

Hope this guy (the thief) gets away with it. Much respect to him.
Hope this guy (the thief) gets away with it. Much respect to him. King of theft

12:05pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Leon__ says...

Leon__ wrote:
Sympathy for the shop owner but he can rest assured the thief will likely be doing time when he's caught.
I see it's the case that I've had quite a few thumbs down, I'll have to watch myself and restrict my movement so as not to get a ticking off.
[quote][p][bold]Leon__[/bold] wrote: Sympathy for the shop owner but he can rest assured the thief will likely be doing time when he's caught.[/p][/quote]I see it's the case that I've had quite a few thumbs down, I'll have to watch myself and restrict my movement so as not to get a ticking off. Leon__

1:16pm Fri 27 Dec 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

"The crook was in and out of the shop in the space of a minute after smashing through the front door, which was not shuttered". ..

.is written like its the fault of the shop owner..'which was not shuttered'.

shutters possibly are not an option as planning permissions(not much chance of that being granted as many would whine they don't fit in with the area) are needed (not so if on the inside though) and can be costly as you would need to do the whole shop front and not just the door.
"The crook was in and out of the shop in the space of a minute after smashing through the front door, which was not shuttered". .. .is written like its the fault of the shop owner..'which was not shuttered'. shutters possibly are not an option as planning permissions(not much chance of that being granted as many would whine they don't fit in with the area) are needed (not so if on the inside though) and can be costly as you would need to do the whole shop front and not just the door. DogsMessInLeigh

2:43pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Leon__ says...

Some of the puns have been so second hand that that many will have lost face. But, no one got the strap from the same old chronos.
Some of the puns have been so second hand that that many will have lost face. But, no one got the strap from the same old chronos. Leon__

4:33pm Fri 27 Dec 13

John Bull 40 says...

Leon__ wrote:
Sympathy for the shop owner but he can rest assured the thief will likely be doing time when he's caught.
He will probably get a second chance.
[quote][p][bold]Leon__[/bold] wrote: Sympathy for the shop owner but he can rest assured the thief will likely be doing time when he's caught.[/p][/quote]He will probably get a second chance. John Bull 40

7:18pm Fri 27 Dec 13

InTheKnowOk says...

King of theft wrote:
Hope this guy (the thief) gets away with it. Much respect to him.
Attention seeker !!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]King of theft[/bold] wrote: Hope this guy (the thief) gets away with it. Much respect to him.[/p][/quote]Attention seeker !!!!!!!!! InTheKnowOk

9:44am Sat 28 Dec 13

King of theft says...

InTheKnowOk wrote:
King of theft wrote:
Hope this guy (the thief) gets away with it. Much respect to him.
Attention seeker !!!!!!!!!
Theft is my prefered crime, and I respect anyone that shoplifts/steals etc.
[quote][p][bold]InTheKnowOk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]King of theft[/bold] wrote: Hope this guy (the thief) gets away with it. Much respect to him.[/p][/quote]Attention seeker !!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Theft is my prefered crime, and I respect anyone that shoplifts/steals etc. King of theft

4:25pm Sat 28 Dec 13

_Lotus_ says...

King of theft wrote:
Hope this guy (the thief) gets away with it. Much respect to him.
Blimey, it doesn't take much for somebody to get your respect does it. Most likely low self-esteem. No problem, you will get some when you grow up.
[quote][p][bold]King of theft[/bold] wrote: Hope this guy (the thief) gets away with it. Much respect to him.[/p][/quote]Blimey, it doesn't take much for somebody to get your respect does it. Most likely low self-esteem. No problem, you will get some when you grow up. _Lotus_

8:49pm Sat 28 Dec 13

_Lotus_ says...

InsidetheEA wrote:
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What has this got to do with this article?
[quote][p][bold]InsidetheEA[/bold] wrote: Environment Agency Flood Defence Assets - Manipulation of Figures - Are they fit for purpose? EA Whistleblower blog explains http://www.insidethe environmentagency.co .uk/[/p][/quote]What has this got to do with this article? _Lotus_

10:39am Sun 29 Dec 13

Nebs says...

_Lotus_ wrote:
InsidetheEA wrote:
Environment Agency Flood Defence Assets - Manipulation of Figures - Are they fit for purpose? EA Whistleblower blog explains http://www.insidethe


environmentagency.co


.uk/
What has this got to do with this article?
Nothing, but it's the best link that has been posted on here for a long time.
[quote][p][bold]_Lotus_[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]InsidetheEA[/bold] wrote: Environment Agency Flood Defence Assets - Manipulation of Figures - Are they fit for purpose? EA Whistleblower blog explains http://www.insidethe environmentagency.co .uk/[/p][/quote]What has this got to do with this article?[/p][/quote]Nothing, but it's the best link that has been posted on here for a long time. Nebs

6:05pm Sun 29 Dec 13

_Lotus_ says...

Nebs wrote:
_Lotus_ wrote:
InsidetheEA wrote:
Environment Agency Flood Defence Assets - Manipulation of Figures - Are they fit for purpose? EA Whistleblower blog explains http://www.insidethe



environmentagency.co



.uk/
What has this got to do with this article?
Nothing, but it's the best link that has been posted on here for a long time.
I repeat, what has it got to do with this article though?

Best link or not, if it is nothing to do with this report, it is pointless.
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]_Lotus_[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]InsidetheEA[/bold] wrote: Environment Agency Flood Defence Assets - Manipulation of Figures - Are they fit for purpose? EA Whistleblower blog explains http://www.insidethe environmentagency.co .uk/[/p][/quote]What has this got to do with this article?[/p][/quote]Nothing, but it's the best link that has been posted on here for a long time.[/p][/quote]I repeat, what has it got to do with this article though? Best link or not, if it is nothing to do with this report, it is pointless. _Lotus_

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