Thieves take children’s tablets in raid on café in Connah's Quay

Reporter:

David Humphreys

BRAZEN thieves made off with cash from a till and children’s electronic tablets in a “devastating” burglary.
 
Clair and Lee Crimes said they were left “gutted” after their business, the Caveman Café, was targeted by burglars in the early hours of Friday.
 
Hundreds of pounds were stolen from the till at the café they have run on Red Hall Precinct in Connah’s Quay since December last year.
 
The thieves broke in through the rear of the property and made off with tablet computers belonging to the couple’s children along with the cash.
 
Food and drink stock was also stolen during the raid at around 4.30am on Friday.
 
Clair told the Leader: “The only trouble we’ve had here before is kids kicking on the shutters of the shop.
 
“We get on with everyone here, it doesn’t make sense.
 
“We haven’t got a clue why they’ve done this. It’s really hit us hard and come at a really bad time for us.
 
“It’s really affected my son a lot, the children are devastated.”
 
Clair, who also runs the Racing Cutz barber shop on the Red Hall precinct, said
CCTV footage had captured the thieves entering the café and attempting to get through the doors at her barber shop.
 
A garage at the back of the properties was also accessed but nothing was taken.
 
“I’ve been worried sick about this ever since it happened,” Clair added.
 
“It’s not so much the stuff that’s been taken, it’s that someone has been in your property.
 
“It hurts more so because we get on so well with everyone here.
 
“It’s really got to me, I’ve not been able to sleep properly since. I just can’t believe it.”
 
Lee, 36, said he found the damage when he went to open up the café just after 7am on Friday.
 
He said: “You’re trying to build the place up and then this happens.
 
“We really don’t know why this has happened but the more you think of it, the more it drives you mad.
 
“Everyone is really angry about it, we were just gutted. It really hits you hard.”
 
A spokesman for North Wales Police said officers including crime scene investigators were informed of the burglary and attended at 7.50am on Friday.
 
Enquiries are on going and no arrests have been made.
 
Anyone with information is asked to contact North Wales Police on 101 quoting reference number S150726.

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