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CCTV released following theft of mobile phones

News   •   Feb 28, 2017 05:00 GMT

[Image of three men police wish to speak with]

Detectives in Hackney have released CCTV footage and images of three men they would like to speak to in connection with a commercial burglary in Shoreditch.

On Tuesday, 14 February, police were called shortly after 08:00hrs to a burglary at a technology company on Paul Street in Shoreditch. Mobile phones worth approximately £50,000 were taken and significant damage was caused to the premises’ doors.

CCTV from within the building captured three men force their way into the premises using a crow bar shortly after 01:00hrs. Once inside, they searched the building and later left with the phones, a laptop and camera equipment. They were inside the premises for approximately 30 minutes.

The burglars are all described as white men, aged in their mid-40s and wearing orange hi-vis jackets. One of the men, who was also wearing a hooded top, found a covert camera before damaging it.

James Haworth, of Bezzie Limited Technology company, said: ‘This burglary has had a significant impact on our business. The burglars destroyed a lot of property including many doors which they have forced open. 

“We feel violated that these men have been in our personal space and rummaged through our individual effects. Our insurance premiums have soared since this burglary. A full security review of the property has now been undertaken.”

Detective Inspector Paul Ridley, from Hackney CID, who is leading the investigation, said: “This was an organised raid which was clinically executed. Fortunately the burglars didn’t count on the foresight of the business that had installed covert cameras.

“Despite their efforts to destroy the footage and conceal their identities, we have clear images and moving footage. I am confident that someone will know these men.

“One of the men is particularly distinctive. He walks with a pronounced gait and a curious swinging of his right arm. You will also notice on the image that the same man has a large gap between his mouth and nose.”

If the public has any further information to assist the investigation they are urged to contact Hackney CID via 101, or by tweeting @MetCC

Information can also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

If the information you supply via Crimestoppers leads to an arrest and charge, you could get a cash reward.

For burglary prevention advice in relation to home and businesses please visit our website via: www.met.police.uk and http://content.met.police.uk/Site/crimepreventionhomesecurity

No arrests have been made and enquiries continue.