By Colin Adwent, crime correspondent
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
IPSWICH: Thieves carried out an early morning smash and grab raid on an Ipswich restaurant by hurling a piece of masonry through a glass door.
Today, the owners of Arlingtons in Museum Street are calling for better street lighting after the raiders got away with £100, which was in the till drawer they stole and then discarded.
Ken and Liz Ambler also expressed their frustration at police after discovering it was the latest in a string of burglaries in the town centre.
The couple believe the raid was captured on the restaurant’s CCTV system, which police are now trawling.
Mr Ambler said: “We are literally a stone’s throw from the police station. I am very angry and annoyed, especially about the lack of warning. I wonder why the police did not say anything.
“I would think the thieves are getting more daring. They are getting closer and closer to the police station.”
The break-in occurred just after 1am yesterday.
Mr Ambler said: “They went for the till, pushing it on to the floor and grabbing the till drawer which had a £100 float in. Then they obviously ran for it.”
Mr Ambler believed the burglars ran off through an alleyway across the road which leads to Black Horse Lane. He estimates the loss of money and damage could cost anything up to £500.
Mr Ambler and his wife have now written to councillors urging them to consider improved overnight lighting in Museum Street.
Sergeant Mark Lusher from Ipswich Police’s Central Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “Over the past few weeks there has been a spate of burglaries in the town centre but these have been involving chemists and pharmacies.
“All types of businesses in Ipswich town centre are currently being made aware of the recent break-ins and offered advice to reduce the chances of further offences from occurring.”
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