Holy Smoke! Burglars smash through brick walls for a packet of cigs
Brazen burglars smashed through three BRICK WALLS to steal a stash of cigarettes.
The thieves broke into Burgundy’s in Basford, Nottingham, on Sunday evening and made off with the load worth £6,000.
It took them just 40 seconds to clear the newsagents-cum-café of its cigarette stock around 11.10pm on Sunday 14 August.
But it wasn’t until owner Pat Cresswell, 58, opened up that she realised they’d been broken in to – and saw the burglars had neatly stacked the bricks they took out of the wall.
Pat, who owns Burgundy’s with her sister Angela Farrell, 67, said: “The front is like Fort Knox, so when I arrived to open up at 5am and the police were waiting I thought they were joking.
“I’d just turned up for work as usual and these officers took me round the side of the building where the burglars had smashed through a wall.
“They went through three walls in total to get into the shop, so they must have known the building.
“There are big holes in each of the walls they went through.
“On the outside wall though they made sure to stack the bricks neatly.
“The inside’s a mess though.”
CCTV shows two men wearing hoods stuffing bags full of cigarettes – and it took them under a minute to gather their haul.
Even though the alarm was triggered, police weren’t alerted until one of Pat’s delivery drivers arrived at 4am.
Pat added: “I’m just really shocked someone could do that, I was 100 per cent certain no one could get in.
“Watching them on the CCTV really scared me, it just goes to show what they’re capable of.
“It’ll cost us about £6,000 to replace the stolen stock and repair the damage.
“We’ve only been open since October.”
Pat has repaired the outside wall, but the damage inside remains.
She said: “The brickie who came to fix the outside reckons they must have covered the floor and the bricks before smashing them to reduce noise.
“There was no mess outside whatsoever.”
But determined Pat and shop manager Stephanie Davidson are adamant they won’t be put off by the awful event.
Pat said: “We’re carrying on as normal, we’ve had to.
“Most of our money is made from cigarettes so we can’t afford to close.
“It’s onwards and upwards.”
A spokesperson for Nottinghamshire Police said: “Nottinghamshire Police were called to Burgundy’s in Nuthall Road, Cinderhill, Nottingham at around 4am this morning (15 August 2016) following a suspected burglary overnight.
“A large quantity of cigarettes were stolen in the burglary and officers are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.
“If you have any information which may assist please call 101 quoting incident number 82 of 15 August 2016.”